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.

The International Migration of “Traditional Women”: Migrant Sex Workers, Domestic Workers, and Mail-order Brides in the Pacific Rim

October 24, 2003

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 …

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New Immigrants and Credit Unions

December 10, 2002

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.
New Americans and Credit Unions Agenda »

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Forced Migration, Global Security, and Humanitarian Assistance

December 03, 2002

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.
Forced Migration, Global Security, and Humanitarian Assistance Agenda »

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

October 18, 2002

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.
Reluctant Hosts Agenda »

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Panel on Policy Challenges for International Migrant Rights

May 28, 2002

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.

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Second Annual Undergraduate Research Conference

May 25, 2002

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.
Second Annual Undergraduate Research Conference Agenda »

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Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective

May 17, 2002

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.
Controlling Immigration Agenda »

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Winter 2002 Research Workshop: UC Comparative Immigration and Integration Program

May 16, 2002

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.

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Immigrant Women in the U.S. Domestic Service Industry

February 19, 2002

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”

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Grounding Transnational Lives: A Dialogue

April 24, 2001

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.

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