Immigration–History and Policy Fall 2007


Migration today directly affects all of the world’s societies. The United Nations estimates cross-border migration at 192 million people and this fails to account for much unauthorized immigration. The issue has generated remarkable controversy. The concentration of immigrants is extremely uneven, with most settling in the more developed countries like the United States, where legal immigrants comprise about 11 percent of the population. Since 9/11, nations are increasingly implementing regulations to restrict the flows of immigrants at the same time that they are promoting flows of goods and services. Workers in rich countries fear immigrants will work for lower wages, leading to wage cuts and job loss for longer-term residents. Work permit programs institutionalize transnational families. Millions of women and children are trafficked annually as domestic or sex workers. The positive side of immigration is less visible. Contributions of immigrants to the economies, cultures and political landscapes of their host countries rarely make the headlines.

Immigration: History and Policy, the Center for Advanced Study campus-wide initiative for 2008-09 addresses these and other pressing immigration issues. Bringing together leading scholars from numerous disciplines, this initiative explores new approaches to immigration and its implications for our society and our own lives.

CAS Resident Associates Jim Barrett (History) and Gale Summerfield (Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program) will lead this initiative.

Supporting Units: Center for Advanced Study; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Department of History; School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program

Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership; Bureau of Economic and Business Research; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society; Center for Global Studies; College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; College of Medicine; Department of Anthropology; Department of Computer Science; Department of Geography; Department of Journalism; Department of Political Science; Department of Sociology; Department of Urban and Regional Planning; Graduate School of Library and Information Science; Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; Institute of Government and Political Affairs; International Programs and Studies; Latina/Latino Studies Program; Program in Jewish Culture and Society; School of Social Work; Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

Thursday, October 11, 2007
Douglas S. Massey
Understanding America’s Immigration “Crisis”
4:00 pm
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