The necessary reform of migrants and refugee regulation in the Inter-American Law: a new perspective based on human mobility and the socio-economic assimilation

The Venezuelan refugee and migrants crisis is creating new challenges in Inter-American Law. With more than six million Venezuelan abroad, this is the second crisis globally and the first in the region. The uniqueness of that crisis has demonstrated that the Inter-American Law was not prepared for a mass migration crisis.

In that sense, the paper explores the current situation of migrants and refugees in the Inter-American Law and suggests two lines of reforms. In the first place, it is necessary to overcome the concepts of migrants and refugees to focus on humanitarian standards regarding massive crises. The second line is that the Inter-American Law should facilitate the socio-economic assimilation of migrants and refugees from the human mobility perspective as a favorable condition to promote inclusive development.