Department or Program

Peace and Justice Studies

Primary Wellesley Thesis Advisor

Nadya Hajj

Additional Advisor(s)

Catia Confortini

Additional Advisor

Larry Rosenwald

Additional Advisor

Irene Mata


This thesis will start by proving the historically mutual patterns of migration between Colombia and Venezuela to make a case that empathetic action—helping behavior based on the recognition of shared experiences—is a likely probability on behalf of Colombians towards Venezuelan refugees arriving in Colombia today. Tracking trends from 352 articles collected from 6 news sources from a range of regions in Colombia, it attempts to probe what limits empathetic action and what motivates it. The research process illustrates how factors such as proximity to the border or affiliation with elite populations, are most influential.