CCIS has organized and hosted 24 research conferences, workshops, and graduate student training institutes. Most of these events have resulted in important publications, including three books published by Stanford University Press. In addition, CCIS has hosted more than 65 briefings for academic and non-academic groups, conducted by the Center’s academic staff.

Fifth Annual University of California Conference on International Migration
January 31, 2014

Fifth Annual University of California Conference on International Migration:
Immigrant Integration in Comparative Perspective
January 31 – February 1, 2014
Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UC San Diego
To be held at the Great Hall

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Building the Innovation Economy
July 12, 2013

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Building the Innovation Economy? The Challenges of Defining, Creating and Maintaining the STEM Workforce:
For several years, policymakers in Washington, academic and other experts, and industry leaders have emphasized the importance of the so-called “STEM” fields—science, technology, engineering and math—for economic growth, national competitiveness and security, and job creation. Yet we still know little about how this crucial sector of the economy works, and in particular, why industry demands ever more foreign workers even as many US workers are leaving this vibrant sector, and how US workers keep their skill sets current in the face of continual change. Most broadly, we …

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UC-wide Immigration Conference 2013
February 22, 2013

timthumb- UC wide Immigration“We asked for workers and families came:” Children, youth and families in migration

Friday, February 22, 2013
9am to 8pm (including dinner and cultural event)
University of California, Los Angeles
(385 Charles E. Young Drive, 1242 Law Building, Los Angeles, California 90095)
This conference draws together UC-wide faculty and students who study children, youth and families in relation to migration issues, broadly defined. Collectively, we want to address such questions as: How do migration experiences shape the experiences of growing up and raising children? How do current immigration policies affect families? How are the children of immigrants faring in educational contexts? What identities are they …

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The Politics of Race and Place Workshop
February 24, 2012

timthumb- politics of raceKeynote Speaker and Session 1: Local Context and Its Impact on Political behavior and Attitudes

Session 2: Policy Implications of Demographic Change

February 24, 2012
UCSD, The Weaver Center, Institute of Americas
12:00-12:10 Welcome and Introduction, Marisa Abrajano (UCSD) and R. Michael Alvarez (Cal Tech)
12:15-1:15 Lunch and Keynote Speaker, Michael J. Aguirre (Former San Diego City Attorney), “Putting Research Into Action”
Moderator: Steve Erie, UCSD
1:15-3:15 Session 1: Local Context and Its Impact on Political Behavior and Attitudes
1. Marisa Abrajano (UCSD) and R. Michael Alvarez (Cal Tech)
2. Zoltan Hajnal (UCSD), “Multi-Ethnic Context and Minority Policy Attitudes”
Discussant: Ron Schmidt (CSULB)
3. Janelle Wong (USC), “Immigration, Religion and Conservative …

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UC International Migration Conference 2012
February 10, 2012

ccis-globe-144Panel 1. Local Policy Responses
Panel 2. Unauthorized Migration
Lunch Speaker
Panel 3. Latino Politics
Panel 4. Refugees and Security
CCIS will host the Third Annual University of California Conference on International Migration: Politics and Governance on Friday, February 10, 2012.

The conference will take place in the Weaver Center of the Institute of the Americas – University of California, San Diego.  For directions, click here.
If you are interested in attending the conference, contact Ana Minvielle.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy, UC Irvine; UCLA Program on International Migration; and Gifford Center for Population Studies, UC Davis

David FitzGerald, UC …

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Ethnicity, Race, & Indigenous Peoples in Latin America & the Caribbean
November 3, 2011

timthumb - carribeanOn November 3-5, 2011, the University of California, San Diego will host the Second Conference on Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean. The event is organized and sponsored by ERIP (LASA Section on Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples), CILAS-UCSD (Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, University of California, San Diego), CLAS-SDSU (Center for Latin American Studies, San Diego State University), LACES (Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, journal published by Taylor & Francis and housed at UCSD), Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies (University of California, San Diego), and CCIS (Center for Comparative …

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The Politics of Naturalization in Europe, Asia, and North America
May 20, 2011

ccis-globe-144Introduction and Panel 1. Europe
Panel 2. North America
Panel 3. Asia
Conference Report »

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 …

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Immigration at the National and Local Level in Japan
May 6, 2011

timthumb-local level JapanMay 6-7, 2011, Weaver Conference Center, UC San Diego
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.
For more information, visit the website or contact Lane Ogawa.
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 …

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UC International Migration Conference 2011
February 26, 2011

ccis-globe-144February 26 – Second Annual UC Migration Conference hosted by the Gifford Center
The Gifford Center and UCSD’s Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS) will host the Second Annual University of California Migration Conference on February 26, 2011 at UC Davis. This multi-disciplinary conference will provide an opportunity for University of California faculty and advanced graduate students to share their current migration-related research. Click here for information about last year’s conference, held at UCSD. If you are a UC faculty member or advanced graduate student and are interested in attending, please contact Prof. David J. Kyle at
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Is Immigration Necessary? Work, Growth, and the Future in the US and Japan
September 10, 2011

Introduction and Panel 1. What role do low-­skilled migrants play in the Japanese and American labor markets?
Panel 2. What role do high-­skilled migrants play in the Japanese and American labor markets?
Panel 3. Similarities, Differences, & comparative perspectives on low-­ & high-­skilled migration
Panel 4. Alternatives to migration? Education, mechanization, wages, the role of women
Panel 5. The Politics of migration in Japan, Asia and the US
Panel 6. The US and Japan’s Immigration Dilemmas in Comparative Perspective

UC San Diego.  The Weaver Center. September 10th & 11th, 2010. 10:00am-5:00pm

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Center of Expertise on Migration and Health — First Annual Research Training Workshop
May 13, 2010

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May 13-14, 2010, Weaver Conference Center, UC San Diego
The UC Center of Expertise on Migration and Health (COEMH), Is a component of the UC-wide Global Health Institute). The COEMH is a ten-campus, interdisciplinary program whose mission is to improve health and eliminate health disparities of international migrants, refugees, and internally displaced people …

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