The persistence of the security paradigm in the regulation of the impediments to
entry of entry impediments in Chilean immigration legislation.


Mayra Feddersen Martínez

This research aims to explore the regulation of entry requirements in all the immigration laws of Chile (1918, 1959, 1975) and in their reform projects (1993, 2013, 2017 and 2019). The analysis shows a continuity in how this institution has been conceived over time, in particular in regard to its security dimension. The article stresses that despite the explicit incorporation of rights in favor of migrants in the reforms promoted from 2008 to the present, the understanding of entry requirements has not changed substantially, which highlights the maintenance of the security paradigm in this institution by an entire centennial.