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LINARES, María Dolores. Immigration policy, institutions and State capacity: the National Migration Office of Argentina ( Dirección Nacional de Migraciones ) between 2004 and 2015. Polis [online]. 2017, vol.16, n.48, pp.245-270. ISSN 0718-6568.

Considering the recent changes in Argentina’s migration policy since the enactment of the Migration Law N° 25.871 of 2004, we intend to identify the actions that the Dirección Nacional de Migraciones (DNM) -as a decentralized State agency that holds the migration authority throughout the Argentine territory- carried out in order to adapt institutionally to the new law and to examine its contribution to the State capacity on this issue. We analyzed the content of specialized bibliography and legislation and tried a qualitative approach through interviews with employees of the DNM from different parts of the country to indicate the state capacity of this agency in a period of institutional change between 2004 and 2015.

Keywords : Institutions; public policy; state capacity; Argentina..

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