John Skrentny, director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and Wayne Cornelius, co-director of the University of California’s Center on Migration and Health, comment on the decline of undocumented immigration from Mexico.
CCIS associate director David FitzGerald and director emeritus Wayne Cornelius’s research on migration was mentioned recently in a New York Times article about the suppression of illegal immigration in Mexico.
Former CCIS Researcher Whitney L. Duncan’s new work on mental health issues in Mexico highlighted by UC Global Health Institute.
The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the study of national and international migration policies.
To view internship opportunities, visit the MPI website.
CCIS Research Associate and current UCSD Assistant Professor of Political Science Claire Adida has won the “Best Field Research Award” of the American Political Science Association’s Comparative Democratization Section and the “Best Dissertation Award” from the Section on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics.
Congratulations to Claire!
As a Republican-controlled state, South Carolina has been added to the list of states being sued over their controversial immigration laws.
In the meantime, Congress has been deadlocked on immigration reform, with no major changes after a reform effort fell apart in 2007.
CCIS Director John Skrentny provides background.
Introduction and Panel 1. Europe
Panel 2. North America
Panel 3. Asia
UC San Diego. May 20, 2011.
The Weaver Conference Center.
How do liberal states make immigrants into nationals? For some observers, a postnational future beckons in which universal rights of personhood strip national identity of its relevance for claiming the rights of citizenship. According to others, transnational migrants can pick and choose their affiliations to multiple polities. For still others, differences between liberal states are becoming obsolete either because official multiculturalism renders the idea of national core cultures illegitimate or the universalistic qualities of liberalism strips states of their national distinction. Even among scholars of nationality and citizenship, the issue of making national difference is often elided by a focus on those features of nationality law that are converging across liberal states.
To what extent is there a convergence in naturalization policies among liberal states that receive large numbers of immigrants? What explains the variation or convergence?
The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego, will host a conference to assess these questions on Friday, May 20, 2011. Funding is provided by a UCSD International, Comparative, and Area Studies (IIACAS) and Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) International Collaborative Research grant.
In order to RSVP for the event, please contact Ana Minvielle at email@example.com.
“The Politics of Naturalization in Europe, Asia, and North America”
May 20, 2011 at CCIS
SCHEDULE (Rooms subject to change):
COFFEE AND WELCOME
David FitzGerald, UC San Diego
PANEL 1: EUROPE
Maarten Vink, Universiteit Maastricht, on national variation in the EU
Sara Wallace Goodman, UC Irvine, on citizenship tests in the EU
Alberto Martín-Pérez, University of Barcelona
Discussant: Jon Fox, University of Bristol
PANEL 2: NORTH AMERICA
Hiroshi Motomura, UCLA, on the U.S. case
Catherine Dauvergne, University of British Columbia, on the Canadian case
Discussant: Irene Bloemraad, UC Berkeley
PANEL 3: ASIA
Kamal Sadiq, UC Irvine
John Skrentny and Gary Lee, UC San Diego
Discussant: Mara Loveman, University of Wisconsin
Labor’s Approach to Immigration: How Does Law Matter?
Seminar to be held in ERC 115 at 2:00 pm.
While many U.S. and Canadian unions historically marginalized immigrant workers, by the early 1990s, key unions achieved success organizing immigrant workers and adopted more progressive immigration policies. North America’s major labor federations also made significant changes. The Canadian Labour Congress created a National Anti-Racism Task Force in 1994 to address, among other issues, the links between racism and Canadian immigration policies. In 2000, the AFL-CIO reversed its previous support for legislation that contributed to the discrimination and intimidation of immigrants. Then in 2003, a coalition of major U.S. unions, NGOs and community groups organized the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride to call attention to the rights of immigrants.
This paper argues that shifts in union immigration policies emerge not only out of demographic changes that generate the need to organize immigrant workers, but also reflect larger changes wrought by processes of economic integration. It also suggests that unions’ adoption of less draconian immigration policies provide new political arenas for transnational labor collaboration. A 1997 campaign conducted by the Teamsters, UFW, and Mexican labor activists to defend the rights of migrant farmworkers who had left their community in Mexico to work in the Washington apple industry provides one example. Another example is advocacy in favor of labor rights for undocumented workers by the AFL-CIO and affiliated unions in court cases. We believe these and other examples will show that transnational links and amicus advocacy led official federation policy on immigration reform. These examples show how social change occurs in large, diffuse organizations.
Ruben J. Garcia is Professor of Law at California Western School of Law in San Diego, where he has taught since 2003. He has held visiting appointments at the University of California, Davis School of Law and at the University of California, San Diego. Professor Garcia received an A.B. from Stanford University, a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, and an LL.M. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. His research and teaching focus on the ways that race, gender, immigration and globalization impact the law of work. Professor Garcia’s scholarly work has appeared in a number of publications, including the University of Chicago Legal Forum, Hastings Law Journal, Florida State Law Review, Florida Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law, the First Amendment Law Review, and the Journal of Gender, Race and Justice. He is currently finishing a book for New York University Press, titled Marginal Workers: How Legal Fault Lines Divide Workers and Leave Them Without Protection (2011).
John Skrentny writes on winning strategies for immigration reform in a political climate of distrust.
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With support from CCIS and participation from co-director David FitzGerald, UC San Diego School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) hosts a two-day conference featuring leading academics from Japan, Brazil, Australia, and the United States who will examine the impact of future economic growth and community relations in Japan and the United States.
Admission is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.
Friday, May 6, 2011
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Ulrike Schaede, UC San Diego and Kazuhisa Nishihara, Nagoya University
9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Ulrike Schaede, UC San Diego and Lindsey Sasaki, New York University
Session 1 – What is Immigration and its Implication for Japan, the United States, and Europe?
10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
- Yuri Okina, Japan Research Institute
“Japan’s challenge with economic growth and demographic situation”
- Teruyuki Komatsu, Nagoya Gakuin University
“Brief history of Japanese immigration abroad since Meiji period”
- Apichai Shipper, University of Southern California
“Japan’s immigration politics in comparative perspective”
- Tadamasa Murai, Nagoya City University
“Japan’s distinct immigration policy in comparison with the U.S.A. and EU”
David Fitzgerald, UC San Diego and Nancy Gilson, UC San Diego
Session 2 – The Economic and Demographic Effects of Immigration in Japan and the United States
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Kyoji Fukao, Hitosubashi University
“The Economic Impact of Migration: Productivity Analysis for Japan and the US at the National and the Local Level”
- Junichi Goto, Keio University
“Aging, Migration, and Female Workers in Japan: The Impact on Future Economic Growth”
Gordon Hanson, UC San Diego
Session 3 – The Education and Adaptation of Migrant Children in Japan and the United States
2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
- June Gordon, UC Santa Cruz
“Transnational Migration: Identity and Schooling of Nikkei Youth.”
- Kaori Okano, La Trobe University
“Educating migrant children: multicultural policies and practices”
- Marcelo Suarez-Orosco, New York University
“LISA study of the Harvard Immigration Project”
Christena Turner, UC San Diego and Eiko Ushida, UC San Diego
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Session 1 – The Discourse of Immigration Policy, Citizenship, Multiculturalism, and Nationalism at the National and Local Level
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
- Masato Ninomiya, University of São Paulo
“Judicial Cooperation between Brazil and Japan concerning the presence of Brazilian workers in Japan”
- Hideki Tarumoto, Hokkaido University
“Transformation of citizenship institutions in the global migration era”
- Joseph Hankins, UC San Diego
“Multiculturalism in Japan”
Megumi Naoi, UC San Diego
Session 2 – The Development of Community Building and Social Movements in Japan
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
- Kazuhisa Nishihara, Nagoya University
“Immigrants from Asia to Contemporary Japan: Focus on the case of Chinese agricultural trainees”
- Hwaji Shin, University of San Francisco
“Zainichi Koreans’ social movements and citizenship in Japan”
Lindsey Sasaki, New York University
Session 3 – The Integration of Immigrant Workers in Japan
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Keiko Yamanaka, UC Berkeley
“The 2008-09 Economic Crisis, Massive Unemployment of Immigrant Workers, and Efforts to Assist Them in Central Japan”
- Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Nagoya University
“South Americans in Japanese Industrial Cities: Social Environment and the Model of Integration”
Ulrike Schaede, UC San Diego