Mr Alejandro Olayo Mendez

Research Student

Alejandro is reading for a DPhil in International Development. In his current research project, he is exploring the interactions between migrants and humanitarian aid organisations along the migration corridor in Mexico and the ways these interactions shape the migratory processes in the region. He is particularly interested in the intersection between humanitarian aid and migration, as well as questions regarding human rights, inequality, migration trajectories, meso-level structures, and the so-called 'Migration Industry'.

He holds an MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. In his master's thesis, 'Refining the Concept of the Migration Industry: The Emergence of a Humanitarian Aid Network in the Mexican', he makes a case for considering humanitarian aid as part of the migration industry by focusing on its functional aspects. He also holds a Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and a Master of Divinity (Theology) from Boston College.

Professionally, he counseled immigrant families in Chicago; conducted research for Jesuit Service to Migrants and the US Jesuit Conference in the Migration Corridor in Mexico; and worked for Jesuit Refugee Services in Colombia and India.

Apart from being a researcher, Alejandro is a Jesuit Catholic Priest.

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Migration and humanitarian aid along the migration corridor in Mexico
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Journal articles and special issues

Olayo Mendez, Alejandro (2017) 'Programa de La Frontera Sur and Interdiction', Peace Review 29 (1) 24-30
Olayo Mendez, Alejandro (with S N Haymes, M Vidal de Haymes) (2014) 'Mexican Migration-Corridor Hospitality', Peace Review 26 (2) 209-17
Olayo Mendez, Alejandro (2006) 'Latino Parenting Expectations and Styles: A Literature Review', Protecting Children 21 (2) 53-61

Conference papers

Olayo Mendez, Alejandro (2016) 'An (In)Humane Vertical Border: The Changing Role of Humanitarian Organizations along the Mexican Migration Corridor', Paper for the XXXIV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, New York, NY, 27-30 May
Olayo Mendez, Alejandro (2016) 'An (In)Humane Vertical Border: The Role of Humanitarian Organizations along the Mexican Migration Corridor', Paper for the 57th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Atlanta, GA, 16-19 March
Olayo Mendez, Alejandro (2015) 'Effects of Migration Policies in Mexico: Central American Migrants and Humanitarian Groups in the Mexican Migration Corridor', Paper for the XXXIII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 27-30 May
Olayo Mendez, Alejandro (2014) 'Faith-Based Humanitarian Aid in the Mexican Migration Corridor', Paper for Migration, Faith, and Action: Shifting the Discourse, conference held at the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, 8-9 May
20 February, 2014
Call for Papers: Migration, Faith, and Action - Shifting the Discourse
10 February, 2014
ODID DPhil Students Win TORCH Competition for Conference on Faith and Migration
Research interests:

The intersection between humanitarian aid and migration, as well as questions regarding human rights, inequality, migration trajectories, meso-level structures, and the so-called 'Migration Industry'.