Surviving la “lucha” in Ciudad Juárez. An Anthropological reflection on the Cuban community in Ciudad Juárez, México.



Palabras clave:

Migrant caravan, Cubans in Ciudad Juarez, Asylum, Migrant Protection Protocol


The following article presents a brief anthropological and historical reflection based on the Cuban community in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Additionally, we discuss important historical aspects that have contributed to the development of the Cuban community in the El Paso, TX – Ciudad Juárez, CH border, such as the migrant caravans that occurred between 2017-2019 and the migratory policies that have been put into effect. Furthermore, we present an ethnographic analysis on the migration experience of certain participants, placing an emphasis on created networks, and expanding on the concept of community through spatial solidarity and survival in Ciudad Juárez

Biografía del autor/a

Stephanie Alexandra Morales, University of Texas at El Paso

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Victor Manuel Vazquez, University of Texas at El Paso

Ph.D., Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Lecturer of Anthropology


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