Portrait of Rosario De La Luz Rizzo Lara

Rosario De La Luz Rizzo Lara

PhD student


I started my PhD in September 2019 as part of the MOVES EJD Project. My research focuses on Migration in the XXI Century: the case of Central America. It particularly looks at the increase of arrivals that started in 2014 and have continued to grow enormously. In late 2018 and during the first six months of 2019, several “caravans” of undocumented migrants and potential asylum seekers from the Norther Triangle of Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador) crossed into Mexico looking to reach to the US.  The research aims to provide an understanding of the social and political factors that influencing these movements as well as their forms, especially when economic conditions have remained relatively the same, in both, the sending and receiving countries for most part of the 2010 decade.

I received my B.S. in International Business Management from Universidad Veracruzana in 2007 in Mexico. I studied my MA in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. My thesis focused on an analysis of the resilience mechanisms used by corn farmers to cope with the implementation of NAFTA and the neoliberal model in Mexico. Aside from my thesis, I worked in the implementation of a community based solid waste management project in the Dominican Republic.  Also, I received a Post Graduate Certificate on US-Mexico Border Studies from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte. For that, I looked at unaccompanied children from the Northern Triangle of Central America that were identified and detained in transit in Mexico.


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