On October 17, 2019, the Center for Migration Studies will hold its annual academic and policy symposium. Leading scholars, policy experts, and practitioners will examine forced migration, refugee protection, and border control. The event will open with a keynote address by T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, about new directions for forced migration policy studies. The keynote will be followed by panels about enforcement, responding to the needs of refugees, and access to the US asylum system. In the closing session, panelists and attendees will engage in an open discussion about research and policy priorities. This is CMS’s sixth annual academic and policy conference, which celebrates the work of leading scholars and thinkers on international migration.
This event will honor the legacy of Juan P. Osuna, an exemplary public servant, lawyer, scholar and friend. As Director of the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) at the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Juan oversaw the agency that houses the US immigration court system. The event will include expert panels on a series of themes and issues of great importance to Juan, including the rule of law in the immigration system; political asylum and protection of survivors of violence; due process; immigration court reform and management; and responding to large-scale migrant and refugee flows. It will also include keynote addresses and a panel comprised of former public servants who will speak on Juan’s contributions and legacy.
On October 9, 2018, the Center for Migration Studies held its annual academic and policy symposium. Leading scholars, policy experts, and practitioners examined citizenship in an era of record migration and growing nationalism. The event opened with a keynote address by HE Most Reverend Bernardito C. Auza (Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations and the Organization of American States) on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration. Following this presentation, Irene Bloemraad (University of California, Berkeley) discussed her International Migration Review paper, “Understanding Membership in a World of Global Migration: (How) Does Citizenship Matter?” which synthesizes the literature on citizenship and immigration, and theorizes on why citizenship matters. Maria C. Abascal (Columbia University) then presented on citizenship, belonging, and the role of community among Latino Immigrants.