Forced Migration, Global Security, and Humanitarian Assistance

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.

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Reluctant Hosts? Japan as a Recent Country of Immigration in Comparative Perspective

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.

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Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective

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.

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Immigrant Women in the U.S. Domestic Service Industry

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”

Grounding Transnational Lives: A Dialogue

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.

The State of Migrant Labor in the Western United States: Then and Now

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.