A CIS Weekly update on immigration policy related
events in the United States and around the world.

Immigration Events, 5/10/16

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1. 5/11, DC - Film on Islam, immigration, and identity in Europe - [New Listing]
2. 5/12, DC - Discussion on Mexican-U.S. cooperation against illicit financial transactions - [New Listing]
3. 5/17, DC - Discussion on broken borders and broken states - [New Listing]
4. 5/24-25, DC - U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce annual conference - [Updated with conference program]
5. 5/10-12, London - Secure Document World 2016
6. 5/17-20, DC - Certificate program course on global trends in international migration
7. 5/23-24, Emek Hefer, Israel - Conference on the changing face of migration
8. 5/25, San Diego - Lecture on migration, mobility, and 200 years of South American citizenship - [New Listing]
9. 5/25, Cambridge, MA - Interactive workshop on the Syrian refugee crisis - [New Listing]
10. 5/25-26, Malmo, Sweden - Conference on museums in times of migration and mobility - [New Listing]
11. 5/27-28, Bonn - Institute for the Study of Labor annual meeting on migration - [New Listing]
12. 6/15, DC - Annual conference on building a competitive U.S.-Mexico border
13. 6/16-17, Brussels - Annual conference on European migration law

Film: Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity

3:00—5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027

Akbar Ahmed
Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University and former Ambassador of Pakistan to the UK

Michael Kugelman
Senior Program Associate for South and Southeast Asia

Description: Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, a world-renowned anthropologist, Islamic scholar, and filmmaker, explores Islam in Europe and the place of Islam in European history and civilization in this unprecedented study. In the film shot across the continent in countries such as Germany,the U.K., France, Spain, and Bosnia, we hear from some of Europe's most prominent figures, including presidents and prime ministers, archbishops, chief rabbis, grand muftis, heads of right-wing parties, and every-day Europeans from a variety of backgrounds.

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Mexico and the United States: Combating Illicit Finance Together

1:00—2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 12, 2016
Woodrow Wilson Center, 5th Floor
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027

Eric L. Olson
Associate Director, Latin American Program, & Senior Advisor, Mexico Institute

Fernando Aportela
Deputy Secretary, Mexican Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit

Daniel L. Glaser
Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Description: Mexico and the United States enjoy strong cooperation across a range of issues, including in their common goal of combating illicit financial activity. Money launderers and their associates pose a challenge to financial and regulatory authorities in Mexico and the United States due to the diversity of the means they use to move money illegally, and the speed with which financial flows – both legitimate and illegitimate – cross the shared border. This situation, if unaddressed, has the potential to undermine the financial systems in both countries and to impede both legitimate trade and the further integration of our economies.

Mexico and the United States are approaching this issue within a cooperative framework to further strengthen their anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism finance (AML/CFT) regimes. Join us for a discussion with senior representatives from each government to learn about the illicit financial threats both countries face and the innovative approaches they are undertaking to address this common challenge.

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Broken Borders, Broken States: One Hundred Years After Sykes-Picot

9:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027

Elizabeth F. Thompson, Fellow

Geneive Abdo, Director
Iran Program, The Century Foundation

Michele Dunne, Director
Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

F. Gregory Gause, Professor
University of Vermont

Henri J. Barkey, Director
Middle East Program

Ellen Laipson
Distinguished Fellow and President Emeritus, Henry L. Stimson Center; Former Vice Chair of the National Intelligence Council

Marina Ottaway, Middle East Fellow

Daniel Neep, Fellow

Michael Van Dusen
Senior Advisor to the President for Alumni Relations

Description: The Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916, regularly cited as the document that sanctioned the division of the former Ottoman Empire into British and French zones of influence, creating new states and drawing new borders, was never implemented. The boundaries negotiated by Mark Sykes and Francois Picot were superseded by political reality, and the post war-map of the region bore almost no resemblance to that drawn by the two diplomats. The failure of the Sykes-Picot agreement, and the history of what eventually shaped the post-Ottoman order in the Middle East, is critical in analyzing the current turmoil in the region and the forces that might shape it in the future.


9:00-9:30 a.m.
Keynote Address - Elizabeth Thompson
Fellow, Wilson Center, and Professor of History, University of Virginia

9:45-11:15 a.m.
Panel 1: The Impact of Sykes-Picot: Understanding the Current Turmoil in the Middle East

Geneive Abdo, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council

Michele Dunne, Director and Senior Associate, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

F. Gregory Gause, III, Professor of International Affairs and Head of the International Affairs Department, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University

Henri J. Barkey, Director, Middle East Program, Wilson Center

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Panel 2: Beyond Sykes-Picot: The Prospect of Changing Borders in the Future

Ellen Laipson, Distinguished Fellow and President Emeritus, Stimson Center

Marina Ottaway, Middle East Fellow, Wilson Center

Daniel Neep, Fellow, Wilson Center, and Assistant Professor at the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Michael Van Dusen, Senior Advisor, Wilson Center

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United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference
Tuesday-Wednesday, May 24-25, 2016
Hogan Lovells US LLP
555 Thirteenth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

Conference program:

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

1:00–2:30 p.m.
Panel I. Cybersecurity and IT Innovation

Keynote moderator:
Marcos Jiménez, CEO, Softtek NorthAmerica Confirmed

Oliver González Barrales, General Director of the Specialized Center for Technological Response, Federal Police - Belisario Contreras, Cyber Security Program Manager, Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) of the Organization of American States (OAS) Confirmed

Joseph Guzman, Professor, Michigan State University, former Director of Biometrics Management Office, US Department of Defense Confirmed

2:30–4:00 p.m.
Panel II. Migration & Border Facilitation

Keynote moderator:
Seth Stodder, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Border, Immigration and Trade Policy, USDHS Confirmed

Doris Meissner, Senior Fellow and Director, U.S. Migration Policy Program, Migration Policy Institute

Ricardo Treviño, General Administrator, Mexican Customs

Maria Elena Giner, P.E. General Manager, Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC) Confirmed

John Chrisos, Vice President of North American Sales, AS&E Confirmed

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

8:00–10:00 a.m.
Panel III. Supply Chain, Logistics, Transportation & Infrastructure

Keynote moderator:
José Zozaya, President, General Manager and Executive Representative Confirmed

Bill Cusack, Global Solution Manager Manufacturing/T&L, Zebra Technologies Corp. Confirmed

Eugenio Sevilla-Sacasa, Vice Chairman and General Director of Latin America, Ryder Systems Int.

Cate Luzio, Managing Director, Global Head of Client Coverage, Multinational Corporate Banking, HSBC Confirmed

Juan Sosa, Consul General of Panamá in Houston Confirmed

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Panel IV. Capital Markets & Emerging Economies

Keynote moderator:
Juan Francisco Torres Landa, Office Managing Partner, Mexico City, Hogan Lovells Confirmed

Luis Téllez Kuenzler, Senior Advisor, KKR & Co. LP

Alejandro Werner, Director, Western Hemisphere Department, International Monetary Fund

Pablo Ruiz Limón, Executive Director, Advisory Council, Grupo Financiero Banamex

Cyril Muller, Vice President, Europe and Central Asia, The World Bank

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Secure Document World 2016

Tuesday-Thursday, May 10-12, 2016
QE II Centre, London, U.K.

Conference program:

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

10:00 a.m.

Mark Lockie, Managing Director, Science Media Partners, Editor – Security Document World, UK

10:05 a.m.
KEYNOTE SPEECHProject in Focus: Grand Designs - UK

Mark Thomson, Director General of Her Majesty’s Passport Office, UK, will present a speech on the new UK passport including an overview of key technological advances and design features, as well as an insight into the project itself.

10:30 a.m.
KEYNOTE SPEECHProject in Focus: Grand Designs - Israel

Israeli Population Authority Consultant, Yoram Oren, will be presenting the design of the new Israeli passport, which is part of a deeply-revised identity management concept

11:30 a.m.

This thought-provoking session returns, but this year will include board-level executives from not only the leading industry suppliers, but also senior government and organisation leaders who will give their thoughts on the state of the industry and the key issues they face each day.

Led by Matthew Finn, Managing Director, AUGMENTIQ, UK

1:30 p.m.
ePassports: to the future and beyond

Fighting the fakes – identity document fraud in focus

3:30 p.m.
Ever “Smarter” borders

Bulletproof document design

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

8:50 a.m.
The SDW Fishbowl – Mass migration and the identity conundrum

An expert panel and high levels of audience participation ensure this extremely topical subject is covered from all angles, providing answers on where the secure ID industry can make a difference.

10:30 a.m.
National eID schemes: opportunities and challenges

Security features fit for the future

1:50 p.m.
Elevating enrolment and personalisation to new heights

Knowledge exchange for document examiners and designers.

3:50 p.m.
Digital identity solutions for real world problems

Lightning talks: 20/20 Identity
A set of short, sharp and to the point presentations looking at the future of identity technology.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

9:10 a.m.
Mobile and virtual ID – navigating the new identity landscape

11:10 a.m.
Passports and Readers – Interoperability in question
- Incorporating SDW InterOp 2016 results

1:50 p.m.
The weakest link: Secure document lifecycle vulnerabilities in focus

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Certificate in International Migration Studies

XCPD-700 - Global Trends in International Migration

Course Description: Worldwide international migration is a large and growing phenomenon, with more than 230 million people now living outside of their home countries for extended periods. Understanding the complex dynamics behind international migration is essential to improved policies and programs to address the multiple causes and consequences of these movements of people. This course provides an overview of international migration numbers and trends, causes of population movements, the impact of international migration on source and receiving countries, and policy responses to population movements.

The course provides an introduction to the major theories underpinning the study of international migration, including the new economics of labor migration, dual labor market theory, world systems theory, cumulative causation, and migration networks theory. The course focuses attention on domestic and international legal regimes regarding migration, examining laws, major legal cases and regulatory frameworks. It also examines issues pertaining to the integration of immigrants in destination countries. The connections between migration and such other issues as security, development and environmental change are discussed.

Course Objectives:

At the completion of the course, a successful student will be able to:

* Assess the positive and negative impacts of international migration on source, transit, and destination countries;

* Describe the international legal frameworks that set out the rights of migrants and the responsibilities of states;

* Discuss and articulate the strengths and weaknesses of the principal policy frameworks governing the admission of migrants, control of irregular migration, and protection of refugees and other forced migrants;

* Explain the importance of gender in understanding the causes and consequences of international migration; and

* Describe models for integration of immigrants in destination countries and articulate the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches.

Tuesday-Friday, May 17-20, 2016, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
640 Massachusetts Ave. NW

Instructors: Susan Martin, Elzbieta Gozdziak, Becky Hoven, Lindsay Lowell

Tuition: $995.00, 16 Sessions, 32 Contact hours


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The Changing Face of Migration: Future Challenges for Societies

The 4th Ruppin International Conference on Immigration and Social Integration

Monday-Tuesday, May 23-24, 2016
Ruppin Academic Center
Emek Hefer Regional Council area, Israel

Preliminary program:

Monday, May 23, 2016

9:30-10:10 a.m.
Plenary Speech
Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Minister of the Interior of Austria


Plenary Panel: The current refugee crisis in Europe

Arad Nir, Head of Foreign News Desk, International Commentator, Channel 2 News

Carl Magnus Nesser, Ambassador of Sweden to Israel, IOM representative

Walpurga Englbrecht, UNHCR representative in Israel

Howard Duncan, Executive Head of Metropolis International and the Editor of 'International Migration'

12:00-1:30 p.m.
Public Opinion and Social Exclusion

Policing Roma Integration between Diversity Recognition and Deconstruction of the mainstream
Tina Magazzini, Spain

Still not welcomed: Educational exclusion of Roma children in the Czech Republic
Denisa Sedláckov, Czech Republic

Strangers in their Homeland – The Roma in Europe and the Double Standard of Inclusion – Exclusion
Katalin Katz, Israel

Inclusion and Exclusion and Asylum Seekers’ Rights to Primary Education
Mirjam Streng, Israel

Parallel sessions:

Migration Patterns and Movements

Changes in Mexican-U.S. Migration Patterns During the NAFTA Era
Mónica Varea, Mexico

Reasons for Immigration, Life Patterns and Perceptions of Israeli Immigrants in Berlin
Shuki Stauber, Israel

“I Chose a Place, which unless you don’t have Ideological Attachment to it, I think, it’s not Worth Choosing” – the Present Day Hungarian Aliyah
Ráchel Surányi, Hungary

Sanctuary City: Applications beyond North America and the UK
Harald Bauder, Canada

Migration, Democracy and Activism

Legal and Symbolic Membership Naturalization Intentions of Turkish Residents in Germany
Nils Witte, Germany

Protesting Language Tests for Immigrants for Gaining Residence and/or Citizenship
Elana Shohamy, Israel

Multicultural Citizenship in a Democratic Country
Irit Keynan, Israel

Criminalizing and penalizing immigration: Immigrants as symbolic assailants
Jize Jiang and Edna Erez, USA

Health and Migration: Mental Health and Deviance

The Mental Health of Asylum Seekers & Victims of Human Trafficking in Israel: The Experience of Gesher Clinic
Laura Crompton, Israel

Patterns of drug abuse among FSU immigrant drug addicts in
Liat Yakhnich, Israel

Positive Psychology among Ethiopian Immigrants in Israel - a Pilot Study
Rafi Youngmann and Rachel Bachner-Melman, Israel

The Experience of Therapists Working With Battered Women from a Different Cultural Background
Dror Netzer, Israel

Migration and Labor Market

The Economic Impacts of Immigration in Developing Countries
Sarah Kups and Marcus Bohme, France

From Degree to Career — Chinese Graduate Students Studying in the US as a Process of Labor Migration
Zhao Liu, USA

Trends and Managing of Labor Migration in the Post-Soviet Space in the Context of the Economic Integration in Eurasian Economic Union
Sergei V. Ryazantsev, Russian Federation

Recent report from the Task Force on Measuring Labor Mobility of UNECE
Mark Feldman, Director, The Labor Statistics Sector, Israel Central Bureau of Statistics

2:30-4:00 p.m.
Migration and Education

"Orit" – Teaching Hebrew Literacy to Non-literate Adult Immigrants from Ethiopia in Israel
Michal Schleifer, Elite Olshtain, Pnina Golan-Cook, Keith Goldstein, Eli Ziv, Sara Rubinstein, and Bella Kotik-Friedgut, Israel

The Role of the “Educational Bridges” in Migrant Students Scholar Success
Tatiana Iñiguez Berrozpe, Diana Valero Errazu, and Carmen Elboj Saso, Spain

The other Journey: Biographical Narratives of Israelis of Ethiopian Origin, Former Activists in Underground Movements During the Civil War in Ethiopia, 1974-1991
David Ratner, Israel

Parallel sessions:

Labor Migrants

Safe passage: Social Protection Measures for Migrant Workers in the Middle East
Teresita Cruz-del Rosario, Singapore

What’s so Social about Remittances? A Discussion of Ceasing Remittances and the “Social” in Social Remittances
Robin A. Harper and Hani Zubida, USA, Israel

Remittances-based Expenditures: Decision-makers and Spending Priorities in the Kyrgyz Republic
Christopher Ostropolski, Canada

Strategy and Tactics: Engaging the Materiality of Zimbabwean Migrants Spatial Presence in Johannesburg
Khangelani Moyo, South Africa

Migration, Health and Social Work

Health Behavior and Utilization of Women's Health Services among Ethiopian Women Immigrants in the Negev
Nivi Dayan, Israel

Shall we Focus on the Herd or on the Cow? - Legal Aspects of Health and Vaccination in Times of Migration
Ingrid Jez, Austria

Community Health Worker Effectiveness among Asian-American Immigrants in NYC: What are the Causal Factors and their Implications?
Ephraim Shapiro, Laura Wyatt, Lindsey Riley, Jennifer Zanowiak, Nadia Islam, and Chau Trinh-Shevrin, Israel, USA

Obligations Towards Victims Trafficked Outside The State: Sinai Torture Victims
Maayan Niezna, Israel

Migration Democracy and Legislation

Immigration as a Major Challenge to European Liberal Democracies
Fatos Tarifa, Albania

“Old stock Canadian”: Social Exclusion of Immigrants in Political Discourse [OR] The Ready-Made Dialectics of Immigrant Inclusion
Raluca Bejan, Canada

A Supranational-Regional Case for Immigration Justice
David Sheindorf, Israel

Dual Citizenship and Societal Cohesion: Who is an Ideal Citizen?
Agnese Lace, The Netherlands

Attitudes toward Immigrants

The burden of history (?): Remembering the Holocaust and attitudes towards asylum seekers in Israel
Gal Ariely, Israel

Attitudes Toward Immigrants from the Former Soviet Union and Ethiopia in Israel: Testing the Connections between Personal Value Preferences, Immigrant Appraisal and Burnout
Sophie D Walsh and Eugene Tartakovsky, Israel

Testing a New Conceptual Model for Attitudes toward Immigrants: a Case of Social Workers’ Attitudes toward Asylum Seekers in Israel
Eugene Tartakovsky and Sophie D. Walsh, Israel

4:15-5:45 p.m.
Migration, Children and Youth

Children's Migration and the Shaping of Contemporary Zimbabwe
Noa Levy, Israel

Perceptions of Risk and Protection of Young Children from the Ethiopian Community in Israel
Yael Ponizovsky-Bergelson, Nira Wahle, Orly Erlichman, and Dorit Roer-Strier, Israel

Caring for Immigrant Families of Children with Sensory Disability: a Case Study in Milan
Nicoletta Pavesi, Italy

Excessive Obstacles to Family Reunification for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors in Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands: Case Studies within a Legal Framework
Anne Sapir, Israel

Sense of Belonging, Identity and Well-Being

Two Dimensions of Immigrants’ Integration: Life Satisfaction and Sense of Belonging among Post-1990 Immigrants in Israel
Rebeca Raijman, Moshe Semyonov, and Rona Geffen, Israel

Dimensions of life satisfaction: Immigrant and ethnic Minorities
Nonna Kushnirovich and Arie Sherman, Israel

The Consequences of Discrimination to the Self-Identification of Individuals with Immigration Background in Germany: a Turkish-Italian Comparison
Oshrat Hochman, Anna Stein Noah Lewin-Epstein, and Thomas Wohler, Germany, Israel

The Perception of Reception: Young Migrants’ Views on their Integration and Belonging
Shannon Damery, Belgium

Civic Society and the Third Sector

Re-building Institutions through Diaspora Engagement: The Impact of High-skilled Migrants on Domestic Change
Chiara Cancellario, Italy

The Contribution of Non-state Actors to the Social Integration of Immigrants in Israel
Dov H. Maimon, Israel

Trade union membership and employment integration of third country migrants. Structural influences of industrial relations traditions and of migrants integration policies across Europe
Francesco Marcaletti, Italy

Do Immigrants Trust Trade Unions? A Study of 16 European Countries
Anastasia Gorodzeisky and Andrew Richard, Israel, Spain

Migration Policy

Social and Immigration Policies Shaping Immigrant Communities: Filipinos in Israel and Canada
Deby Babis and Agnes Meinhard, Israel, Canada

No Time to Waste: Rethinking labour market policies as a strategy for the economic integration of migrant families in Ireland
Pablo Rojas Coppari, Ireland

States’ Obligations towards Climate Immigrants
Nimrod Kovner, UK

Immigrants, Medical Citizenship and the Impact of the Affordable Care Act in the United States
Richard E. Barrett, USA

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

9:30-11:00 a.m.
Plenary Panel: Next Generation, the integration of children and youth in Israel

Julia Mirsky

Sharon Porat, Program Manager Early Childhood Division, JDC-Ashalim and Sabi Mamgesha, JDC-Ashalim

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Migration policies and practices

Agism in Immigration Policies: A European Perspective
Pnina Dolberg, Ursula Trummer, and Sigurveig H. Sigurðardóttir, Israel

Regional Immigration Systems: A Comparative View
Andrei Korobkov, USA

Barriers towards accommodation and housing for refugees in Austria: A challenge to be met by learning from transdisciplinary experiments within urban labs?
Petra Wlasak, Austria

Bringing out the Dead, Bringing in the State
Tal Harris, Germany

Second and 1.5 Generation Immigrants

Another France: Inclusion of African-Descent Young People
Loretta E. Bass, USA

Celebrating Memory and Belonging: Young Russian Israelis Claim their Unique Place in Tel-Aviv’s Urban Space
Anna Prashizky and Larissa Remennick, Israel

False Narratives: How Some 1.5 Generation Undocumented Youth Maintain Sense of Belonging
Elizabeth Benedict Christensen, Denmark

Attitudes toward Immigrants

Race, Racism, and Trust: Responses of Ethiopian Jews in Israel to Stigmatization by the Police
Ofir Abu, Fany Yuval, and Guy Ben-Porat, Israel

From Protection of the Immigrant, to Protection from the Immigrant: Changes in the Attitudes of Social Democratic Parties towards Immigration, as Reflected in Election Manifestos – the Case of British Labour
Orni Livny, Israel

Ethnic Identity in the Shadow of Perceptions of Social Discrimination: The Case of Immigrants from Ethiopia in Israel
Pnina Golan-Cook, Keith Goldstein, and Elite Olshtain, Israel

Caught between Humanitarianism and Exclusionism? Attitudes of the Danish Public towards Asylum Seekers
Adi Hercowitz-Amir, Israel

Migration and Health

Comparative characteristics of some parameters of diabetes mellitus among immigrant patients and Israeli-born patients
Margarita Fraimovitch and J. Wainstein, Israel

Immigrant Health Patterns in the United States
Maskileyson Dina, Israel

Microbes the “Undercover” Immigrants
Bracha Rager, Israel

The Media – A Remedy or a Disease
Yair Amikam, Israel

Migrant youth

The Challenge of Return - The Transnational Remigration of Adolescents to Iraqi Kurdistan
Simon Moses Schleimer, Germany

Youths Volunteer in Migrant Communities: Concepts, Activities and Implications for the Future
Levi Doly, and Meishar Michal, Israel

Reducing Recidivism with the “Chances” Program: Immigrant Juvenile Delinquents in Israel
Arnon Edelstein, Israel

The Youth Center Model: Best Practice for Integrating Ethiopian-Israeli Teens into Israeli Society
Michal Avera Samuel, Israel

2:00-3:30 p.m.
Gender and Migration

The Impact of Motherhood on Immigration: A Comparative Study of Different Ethnic Group of Women in United States
Noa Achouche, Israel

Women Out-Migration and Their Social Life: A Case Study of Nepalese Women Working as Care Givers in Israel
Uddhab P. Pyakurel, Nepal

A Work Trap or a Safety Net?:The Employment of French Immigrant Women in French Speaking Companies in Israel
Karin Amit and Shirly Bar-Lev, Israel

En Route to the Middle Class: Russian Israeli Mothers Navigate their Children's Education
Sveta Roberman, Lauren Erdreich, and Deborah Golden, Israel

Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Will Barriers, Fences and Walls Actually thwart Desperate Illegal Migrants in the Future?
Lilach Lev Ari and Arnon Medzini, Israel

Borders and Bodies: Eritreans Narratives of Escape
Efrat Ben-Ze’ev and Nir Gazit, Israel

When Diversity is not Enough News Frames, Collective Memory and Refugee’ Protest in Israel
Noam Tirosh, Israel(64)

Turkey and the Syrian Refugees: From Hospitality to Long Term Solutions
Gallia Lindenstrauss, Israel

Immigrant Integration

Linguistic and Economic Adjustment among Immigrants in Israel
Barry R. Chiswick, Uzi Rebhun, Nadia Beider; USA, Israel

Separate But Equal: Asian Immigrants in the U.S.
John R. Logan and Weiwei Zhang, USA

Where’s the Benchmark? The Challenge of Constructing an Immigrant Integration Index
Jack Jedwab, Canada

The Migration and Integration Process of Iranian (Persian) Immigrants in Hungary, Sweden and Israel from the Perspective of the Individual and the Community
Viola Vadasz, Hungary

Young and Students

Young People and Immigration Processes: Survey in Five European Countries
Rita Bichi, Italy

The Impact of Higher Education on the Lives of Young Turkish Women in Vienna
Dursun Sule, Austria

“In the school, it is a bit hard but I do my best to cope”… Immigrants Students’ Educational Challenges in a New Country
Orly Haim, Israel

Refugees and Higher Education; A Case Study on African Asylum Seekers in Israel
Emily Primack and Oriel Eisner, Israel

Different Aspects of Migration

2022 World Cup: A catalyst for change in the Gulf
James M. Dorsey, Germany

From "The Mother of the Painter" to "Persian Madonna": Visual Journeys of Immigrant Artists
Michal Tannenbaum, Israel

Tale of Two Cities: The Absorption of Bnei Menashe Immigrants in the Educational Systems of Two Israeli Towns S’derot and Kiryat Arba
Ram Thein Israeland Shishay, Asylum Seeker, Writer and Journalist, Eritrea, Israel

3:45–4:45 p.m.
Closing Panel: The Changing Face of Migration: Future Challenges for Societies
David Passig

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200 Years of South American Citizenship: Continuity and Change on Migration and Mobility in the Region

12:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Center for Comparative Immigration Studies
ERC Conference Room 115
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093

Diego Acosta Arcarazo, University of Bristol and Fernand Braudel Fellow, European University Institute

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The Refugee Road: An interactive event exploring the Syrian refugee crisis

5:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Microsoft New England Research and Development Center
1 Memorial Drive #1
Cambridge, MA 02142

Overview: The Refugee Road” will be a unique and interactive opportunity for participants to engage with the powerful themes of choice, loss, and uncertainty.

Most individuals in Syria face terrible choices about how to escape the unrelenting violence in their homeland. Yet few of these choices can ensure their safety. Syria’s war—described by the UN as “the worst humanitarian crisis of our time”—has forced more than 11.4 million people to flee their homes. Those who stay are often in danger. Many of those who leave must risk their lives to make dangerous journeys in pursuit of better lives for their families and themselves.

Humanitarian experts will be present to discuss the crisis, answer your questions, and tell you what you can do to assist the many Syrians trapped on The Refugee Road.

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Museums in Times of Migration and Mobility

Wednesday-Thursday, May 25-26, 2016
Malmo University, Orkanen building, D 138
Malmo, Sweden

Description: Migration has, across time, contributed to the development and reshaping of societies and urban spaces. Today, migration movements have become a global phenomenon, where the number of countries affected – socially, economically and culturally – by migration is continually increasing. As in past times, the reasons why people move are varied and often intertwined. Sometimes it is about people fleeing poverty, war, ethnic conflicts, environmental disasters or different forms of persecution – for example religious. However, people also move for other reasons, such as work and studies in other countries, or out of curiosity and a sense of adventure.

International migration and mobility have implications for many sectors in society, including the museum sector. To be in tune with the times and relevant to all citizens, the museum sector needs, more than ever, to address issues that transcend national borders.

As important educational institutions often visited by, amongst others, schoolchildren, museums have the potential to affect our notions of the world. By making museums places for exploring and learning about both the past and present of issues such as migration, mobility, transnational connections and human rights, they not only become more relevant as cultural institutions, but may also facilitate positive changes in how people relate to each other in the wider society – thereby ultimately contributing to society’s sustainable development.

This conference seeks to lay the scientific groundwork for the ways in which a museum of migration in Malmo, through a democratic approach, could represent issues of migration, reach out to new audiences, find ways of collaborating with civil society, and be a promoter of social change.

Keynote speaker:
Peggy Levitt, Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at Wellesley College and Co-Director of Harvard University’s Transnational Studies Initiative. Her new book, Artifacts and Allegiances: How Museums Put the Nation and the World on Display, was published by the University of California Press in July 2015. In her talk, she explores how museums around the world are making sense of immigration and globalisation.

Parvin Ardalan, journalist, women´s rights activist and Malmo City´s first guest writer

Bonita Bennett, Director of District Six Museum, Cape Town, South Africa

Pieter Bevelander, Professor in International Migration and Ethnic Relations at Malmo University, Sweden

David Fleming, Director of National Museums Liverpool, UK

Christina Johansson, Senior Lecturer in International Migration and Ethnic Relations at Malmo University, Sweden

Bernadette Lynch, academic and museum professional, UK

Dragan Nikolić, Head of Research and Documentation at the Regional Museum in Kristianstad, Sweden

Armando Perla, Curator at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Maja Povrzanović Frykman, Professor of Ethnology at Malmo University, Sweden

Fredrik Svanberg, Head of Research at the National Historical Museum of Sweden

Alistair Thomson, Professor of History at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and a former President of the International Oral History Association

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13th Annual Migration Meeting

Friday-Saturday, May 27-28, 2016
Hotel Hilton Bonn
Berliner Freiheit 2, 53113 Bonn, Germany


Friday, May 27, 2016

Session A: Refugees

9:00-9:40 a.m.
Reduction or Deflection? The Effect of Policy on Interconnected Asylum Flows
Pal Schone, Institute for Social Research, Oslo; Jan Paul Brekke, Institute for Social Research, Oslo; Marianne Roed, Institute for Social Research, Oslo

9:40-10:20 a.m.
The Impact of Syrian Refugees on the Turkish Labor Market
Mathis Wagner, Boston College and Ximena Del Carpio, World Bank

10:20-11:00 a.m.
Exposure to Refugees and Voting for the Far-Right. (Unexpected) Results from Austria
Andreas Steinmayr, University of Munich and IZA

Session B: Migration in the European Union

11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
Education Policies and Migration across European Countries
Zoë Kuehn, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Ainhoa Aparicio Fenoll, Collegio Carlo Alberto and IZA

12:10-12:50 p.m.
Emigration and Firm Productivity: Evidence from the Sequential Opening of EU Labor Markets
Yvonne Giesing, University of Munich and Nadzeya Laurentsyeva, University of Munich

2:00-3:00 p.m.
Keynote Lecture - We Wanted Workers: Perspectives on Immigration
George J. Borjas, Harvard University and IZA

Session C: Brain Drain

3:00-3:40 p.m.
What Makes Brain Drain More Likely? Measuring the Effects of Migration on the Schooling Investments of Heterogeneous Households
Romuald Meango, Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy

3:40-4:20 p.m.
The Gain from the Drain: Skill-Biased Migration and Global Welfare
Joel Machado, University of Luxembourg; Costanza Biavaschi, University of Reading and IZA; Michal Burzynski, Université Catholique de Louvain; and Benjamin Elsner, IZA

Session D: Migration and Health

4:40-5:20 p.m.
The Effects of Immigration on NHS Waiting Times
Osea Giuntella, University of Oxford and IZA; Catia Nicodemo, University of Oxford and IZA; and Carlos Vargas-Silva, University of Oxford

5:20-6:00 p.m.
Education, Health and Fertility of UK Immigrants: The Role of English Language Skills
Yu Aoki, University of Aberdeen and IZA and Lualhati Santiago Menendez, Office for National Statistics

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Session E: Migration Policy

9:00-9:40 a.m.
The Impact of Authorization on the Schooling and Labor Market Outcomes of Undocumented Immigrants: Evidence from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program
Francisca M. Antman, University of Colorado, Boulder and IZA and Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, San Diego State University and IZA

9:40-10:20 a.m.
Time, Space and Skills in Designing Migration Policy
Michal Burzynski, Université Catholique de Louvain

10:20-11:00 a.m.
Immigrant Franchise and Immigration Policy: Evidence from the Progressive Era
Costanza Biavaschi, University of Reading and IZA; Giovanni Facchini, University of Nottingham and IZA

Session F: Selection

11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
The Occupational Selection of Emigrants
Jens Ruhose, Leibniz University of Hannover and IZA; Miguel Flores, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Mexico; Alexander Patt, Leuphana University; Simon Wiederhold, Ifo Institute for Economic Research

12:10-12:50 p.m.
Family Size, Sibling Rivarly and Migration: Evidence from Mexico
Mariapia Mendola, University of Milan Bicocca and IZA; Massimiliano Bratti, University of Milan and IZA; Simona Fiore, University of Bologna

Session G: Networks

2:00-2:40 p.m.
Linguistic Distance, Networks and the Regional Location Decisions of Migrants to the EU
Julia Bredtmann (RWI and IZA); Klaus Nowotny, University of Salzburg; and Sebastian Otten, RWI and CReAM

2:40-3:20 p.m.
Migration, Political Institutions, and Social Networks in Mozambique
Julia Seither, Universidade Nova de Lisboa; Catia Batista, Universidade Nova de Lisboa and IZA; and Pedro C. Vicente, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

3:20-4:00 p.m.
Networks and Immigrants’ Economic Success
Michele Battisti, (Ifo Institute for Economic Research); Giovanni Peri, University of California, Davis and IZA; Agnese Romiti, Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg

Session H: Integration and Immigrants

14:30-5:10 p.m.
Is Information Important for Immigrant Integration? A Randomized Evaluation of Pre-departure Training for Migrants from the Philippines to the US
Toman Barsbai, Kiel Institute for the World Economy; Andreas Steinmayr, University of Munich and IZA; Dean Yang, University of Michigan and IZA); Erwin Tiongson, Georgetown University and IZA; Victoria Licuanan, Asian Institute of Management

5:10-5:50 p.m.
Immigrant Crime and Legal Status: Evidence from Repeated Amnesty Programs
Francesco Fasani, Queen Mary, University of London and IZA

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Third Annual Conference on Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border

8:30 a.m.—4:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004-3027

Overview: The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute and the Border Trade Alliance invite you to save the date for our third annual high-level "Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border" conference, which will focus on improving border management in order to strengthen the competitiveness of both the United States and Mexico. Special attention will be given to transportation infrastructure, trade facilitation, human capital development, financial transactions, and the need for efforts that simultaneously support security and efficiency in border management.

Agenda and speakers to follow

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Annual Conference on European Migration Law 2016

Thursday-Friday, June 16-17, 2016
Rue de l’Aqueduc 11
Brussels, Belgium

Key topics
* Managing the migration and refugee crisis – the inner dimension: reform of the Dublin system, relocation and resettlement

* Managing the migration and refugee crisis – the outer dimension: the Border Package

* National implementation of the Return Directive: a comparative assessment

* Current issues regarding procedural safeguards: return decisions motivation, translation and linguistic assistance, right to an effective remedy and legal aid

* Protection of vulnerable persons and family reunification

* Asylum seekers and illegally staying migrants: risk of amalgam and indiscriminate use of ‘safe country’ concepts

* Update on readmission schemes: focus on the EU-Turkey agreement

* Recent case law of the CJEU and ECtHR

Conference program:

Thursday, June 16, 2016

9:00 a.m.
Welcome and introduction - Karine Caunes


9:15 a.m.
Keynote speech: Challenges and achievements of the Dutch Presidency Representative of the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the European Union

10:00 a.m.
From Frontex to the new European Border and Coast Guard Agency: contribution to a better management of migration flows
Richard Ares Baumgartner and Jorrit Rijpma

11:40 a.m.
The reform of the Dublin system, relocation and resettlement: where do we stand?
Henrik Nielsen and Matthieu Chavrier


2:15 p.m.
Ensuring an efficient EU return policy: key challenges and concrete measures
Dana Spinant

* The Commission’s Action Plan on return

* The implementation of the Return Directive in the Member States and the Commission’s Return Handbook

3:15 p.m.
Detention of irregular migrants: a judicial perspective on current issues
Boštjan Zalar

* Preliminary results of the ELI project

* Detention of irregular migrants and asylum seekers: different rules – different practices?

Procedural safeguards and the right to an effective remedy
Flip Schüller

5:30 p.m.
Return of asylum seekers: are safe country concepts safe concepts? Addressing the gaps between law and practice
Sophie Magennis

* Distinction between safe country of origin and safe third country and applicable regime

* Balance between burden-sharing and human rights protection

Friday, June 17, 2016

9:30 a.m.
Readmission schemes: focus on the EUTurkey agreement
Dan Rotenberg

* EU readmission agreements: comparative assessment and key implementation issues

* The EU-Turkey agreement in practice: concrete challenges regarding return and resettlement and first results


11:00 a.m.
Recent case law of the European Court of Human Rights
Ledi Bianku

12:00 p.m.
Recent case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union
Marco Borraccetti

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