A multidisciplinary group of immigration specialists analyzed the extent to which immigrant labor has become “structurally embedded” in Japanese society because of various demographic and other socioeconomic processes. Given the permanence of immigrants in Japan, the project then examines local-level efforts to socially integrate them into Japanese society. The Japanese case will be placed in comparative perspective by analyzing similar issues in other “recent” countries of immigration (Korea, Spain, and Germany). The results of the project have been published as a CCIS anthology.
Four CCIS Visiting Research Fellows discussed, questioned, and challenged the relationship between rights, residency, and migration from sociological, economic, and legal perspectives and compared policies of immigration and emigration in various international contexts in order to launch an ethical and practical inquiry into rights.
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.
Participants compared immigration control policies and outcomes in 11 major labor-importing countries (the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Australia, Japan, and Korea). They sought to explain the persisting gap between the goals of immigration control policies and their results through in-depth country case studies with special attention to human smuggling operations and the relationship between immigration control and security issues. The project culminated in an edited volume (second edition) published by Stanford University Press.
Co-sponsored by CCIS and the International Organization for Migration, co-chaired by Philip Martin, Professor of Agricultural and Labor Economics, UC-Davis, and Wayne Cornelius, Director, CCIS.
Topics included border control expenditures and measures of their effectiveness in selected immigrant-receiving countries.
This panel discussion was based on presentations by the following two speakers:
- Kristin Maher (Assistant Professor of Political Science, San Diego State University) “Labor Brokers and the International Maid Trade: The Commodification of ‘Traditional Femininity’ in a Global Market”
- Rhacel Salazar Parrenas (Assistant Professor of Women’s and Ethnic Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison) “Migrant Domestic Work and the International Division of Reproductive Labor”
Drawing upon case studies reflecting the uniqueness of transnational lives, panelists discussed the transnational social fields (domestic, educational, religious, leisure, etc.) within which individuals operate and engage in identity politics. Participants discussed the specificities of how lives unfold and the nature of commitments, interests, and ties across borders.
Six leading scholars and a migrants’ rights advocate discussed the past and present challenges facing Mexican and Central American migrant farm workers in California, Oregon, and Washington state. Issues included migrants’ changing relations with employers, labor contractors, and labor unions; migrant housing problems; the ways in which undocumented immigration status affects migrants’ access to jobs and terms of employment. This event was part of UCSD’s first annual César Chávez state holiday observance, sponsored by the UCSD Chancellor.
CCIS Visiting Fellows, faculty and graduate students from various UC campuses spoke on “A New Migration Era? U.S.- Mexico Migration under Fox and the New U.S. Administration,” “New Directions in Immigration Policy in Germany and the EU,” and “Recent Developments in Immigration in Asia.”
Co-sponsored by CCIS, the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, and the Ernesto Galarza Public Policy and Humanities Research Bureau
This conference brought together scholars from various disciplines, social activists, and public officials from Mexico and the U.S. to discuss the consequences of recent legal and policy changes affecting citizenship (including expatriate voting and cultural rights) for indigenous peoples in Mexico and Mexican migrants in the U.S.