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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.