This conference was made possible through the generous support of the Dean of Arts and Humanities, the Dean of Social Sciences, California Cultures in Comparative Perspective, the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS), and the following departments: Anthropology; Ethnic Studies; History; Literature, and Visual Arts.
This workshop brought together researchers from various campuses of the University of California as well as universities throughout the country. It formed the basis for a Center of Excellence being proposed for the upcoming UC School of Global Health.
A conference bringing together social scientists and legal scholars to document and explain the rising incidence of immigration policy activism among state and local governments in the United States.
A conference to establish an interactive, policy-oriented network of U.S. and Eurasian immigration scholars.
This conference will examine various groups of ethnic return migrants—diasporic peoples who return to their ancestral homelands after living outside their countries of ethnic origin for generations. Conference participants will compare the ethnopolitical reception of ethnic return migrants in different East Asian and European countries and its impact on their ethnic experiences. Diasporic return migration has often been enabled by extraterritorial citizenship and immigration policies of homeland governments based on imaginings of a broader ethnic nation beyond state borders that encompasses diasporic descendants abroad. Nonetheless, ethnic return migrants frequently receive an ambivalent reception in their homelands and are often marginalized as immigrant minorities because of their cultural differences and low socioeconomic position, forcing them to reconsider their national identities and loyalties and their previously idealized images of the ethnic homeland.
A forum for UCSD undergraduates majoring in any discipline to present their senior thesis projects or other independent research addressing international migration and refugee issues to fellow students, faculty, and other researchers.
Academics and legal practitioners reviewed the erosion of immigrant and refugee rights caused by various national security measures implemented (and planned) by the U.S. government in the period since the September 11 terrorist attacks, including Patriot Acts I and II, the selective detention of Arab immigrants, increased border enforcement, and a Supreme Court ruling against due process for immigrants. Efforts to defend immigrants against such measures, as well as the future status of immigrant and refugee rights in the continuing “war on terrorism,” were discussed.
CCIS hosted an interdisciplinary conference on the international migration of women filling traditional women’s roles in the Pacific Rim region. The Pacific Rim region has witnessed considerable growth in female migration over the past several decades, particularly from less developed states such as the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia into more developed states such as Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the U.S., and Canada. Many of these female migrants become domestic workers, sex workers, and mail-order brides in the receiving states, providing housecleaning, child care, cooking, elderly care, and/or sexual services. That is, there is an apparent demand in more developed states in the Pacific Rim not for generic labor, but for a certain kind of woman to provide the kinds of gendered services and caring labor historically relegated to women. Concurrently, the industries that recruit, traffic, and broker migrant women for these gendered roles have developed into multi-million dollar enterprises. These emerging markets have consequences for the social structures of both sending and receiving states in the Pacific Rim. They also have consequences for the migrants themselves, who are often subject to abuses not easily addressed through labor laws.
Academics and the CEOs of credit unions discussed the utilization of credit unions for economic advancement by recent immigrants to the United States, including measures to facilitate and promote immigrant access and use.
Scholars and non-academic professionals working with refugees addressed current themes in forced migration through a combination of theoretical and practical approaches. Topics included: the causes of refugee flows, their impact on receiving countries, implications for international security, and humanitarian responses.