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Global migration conference with emphasis on Mexican migration to U.S. to take place at NYU

Posted by Elena del Valle on May 23, 2006

Marcelo M. Suárez Orozco, Ph.D.

Marcelo M. Suárez Orozco, Ph.D. professor and co-director, Immigration Studies New York University

Photo: Marcelo M. Suárez Orozco, Ph.D.

Immigration Studies at New York University, the Pew Hispanic Center, and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University will hold a one-day conference of international scholars to explore new empirical, conceptual, and theoretical work on global migration to the United States. The conference, “Rethinking Global Migration: New Realities, New Opportunities, New Challenges,” will examine basic research on a timely topic of increasing public interest.

Speakers will specifically highlight new work on Mexican migration to the United States. The conference will be held at Hemmerdinger Hall, New York University, 100 Washington Square East, New York, New York on May 25, 2006 from 9 am to 3:45 pm.

According to the event organizers, 53 percent of all immigrants to the United States originate in Latin America with Mexico leading the way; in 2000 there were many more legal immigrants from Mexico than from all of Europe combined. The purpose of the conference is to locate the current immigration debate and policy initiatives in a robust scholarly context. The conference was designed as a forum to explore the causes and consequences of international migration as a regional formation involving the flow of people, resources, and symbols across international boundaries.

The Hon. Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and United Nations high commissioner for Human Rights will deliver the inaugural address entitled “A Human Rights Approach to Migration,” and the Hon. Luiz Ernesto Derbez Bautista, Mexico’s minister of foreign affairs will deliver the closing address entitled “Towards a New Global Migration Policy: A Mexican Perspective.” For more information online, visit