5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Criminal Violence and Internal Displacement in Mexico: Evidence, Perception and Challenges

Webcast available

Webcast Recap

In recent years, Mexico experienced a dramatic increase in violence. The number of homicides, threats, disappearances, extortions, attacks on civilians, journalists, public officials, human rights advocates, and deaths of bystanders increased substantially. This context of violence and impunity has led to both internal and external displacement of hundreds of families. Although there is still no reliable census of the displaced population, empirical evidence suggests that wherever there have been critical outbursts of violence, there has been a breakdown of the traditional social order followed by forced internal displacement.

In this talk, the panelists will present evidence of violence-induced internal displacement, the ways in which both society and the government addressed it, and the challenges ahead for Enrique Peña Nieto's administration.


  • Laura Rubio Díaz Leal

    Professor of International Relations, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
  • Sebastián Albuja

    Head of Africa and the Americas Department, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre of the Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Steve Hege

    Director of the Americas, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre of the Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Duncan Wood

    Director, Mexico Institute