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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Destination China: Immigration to the new China

Destination China: Immigration to the new China

Expressions of interest are sought for contributions to an edited volume provisionally entitled “Destination China: Immigration to the new China”. Chapters are sought which address the topic of emerging migrant patterns and migratory experiences to China. Immigration to China is becoming more diverse and numerous. Traders, expatriates, labour migrants and students are increasingly attracted to China’s opportunities and growth, particularly at a time of relative economic stagnation in the developed West. China has traditionally been seen, and seen itself, as an out-going country of migrants to cities around the world. However, China is quickly becoming an important global destination for transnational workers, tourists and students. How is the rise of China’s economy affecting the international migration order? What are the experiences of emerging international migrant groups in Chinese cities? What are the potential futures of such migratory experiences and how can they be understood according to notions of globalization, postcoloniality, postsocialism or indeed postmodernism? This volume calls for chapters which address different groups of migrants to contemporary China.  A variety of methodological approaches will be considered.  Examples of potential chapters include: 1. Foreign students in China2. African experiences in China3. Returning overseas Chinese experiences4. Border cities and migrant communities5. Government policy and migration to China6. Race, ethnicity and identities 7. Gender, families and sexualities in foreign communities8. Expatriate and corporate transnational lives 9. Post-coloniality and contemporary immigration to China 10. International tourism and China11. Irregular and illegal migration to China12. Unskilled migration to China13. Youth labour markets14. Enterprising migration Please submit chapter abstracts (200 – 300 words) to the editors Dr Angela Lehmann at the University of Xiamen ( or to Professor Pauline Leonard at the University of Southampton ( before 18th July 2014.  We expect full chapters will be between 7000 and 8000 words in length.  Please note, this is not a call for full chapters at this stage, this is a call for expressions of interest and initial abstracts

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Brain Waste in the Workforce: Select U.S. and State Characteristics of College-Educated Native-Born and Immigrant Adults

In a series of fact sheets focusing on the United States and a dozen key states, MPI assesses the extent of “brain waste”—that is, the number of college-educated immigrant and native-born adults ages 25 and older who are either unemployed or have jobs that are significantly below their education and skill levels.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Is There a STEM Worker Shortage? A look at employment and wages in science, technology, engineering, and math

Is There a STEM Worker Shortage?
A look at employment and wages in science, technology, engineering, and math
While employers argue that there are not enough workers with technical skills, most prior research has found little evidence that such workers are in short supply. This report uses the latest Census Bureau data available to examine the STEM fields


Unemployment rate for the foreign born declines to 6.9% in 2013

Unemployment rate for the foreign born declines to 6.9% in 2013
The unemployment rate for the foreign born was 6.9 percent in 2013, down from 8.1 percent in 2012. The jobless rate for the native born fell to 7.5 percent in 2013, also down from 8.1 percent in the prior year.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

UC Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health

The 9th UC Summer Institute on Migration and Global Health 
will be held in Oakland, California, on June 16-19, 2014. This international event offers researchers, faculty, graduate students and professionals working with migrant communities around the world, a unique opportunity to learn about different health issues that affect mobile populations. International experts will present on the relationship between migration and global health from public health, public policy, and social science perspectives.
Presenters include representatives from international and national institutions such as the World Health Organization, the International Organization for Migration, the Secretariats of Health and Foreign Affairs of Mexico, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and respected professors from universities in Spain, Mexico and the United States
The 9th Summer Institute is organized by the Health Initiative of the Americas –a program of UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health-, the UC Center of Expertise on Migration and Health, and the Migration and Health Research Center.
See attached promotional flyer and agenda. More information about the event, registration, travel and lodging is available at


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Apprehensions of Unauthorized Migrants along the Southwest Border: Fact Sheet

Congressional Research Service (CRS)

Apprehensions of Unauthorized Migrants along the Southwest Border: Fact Sheet
Lisa Seghetti,  Section Research Manager
Daniel Durak, Research Associate
May 2, 2014
[full-text, 5 pages]

According to the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP), the number of illegal alien apprehensions between southern ports of entry (POE) in the United States has generally declined from  about 1.6 million in FY2000 to nearly 420,000 in FY2013. Much of this downward trend has occurred since FY2005. Apprehensions of unauthorized migrants by the USBP along the U.S.-Mexico border fell from about 1.2 million in FY2005 to a 41-year low of 328,000 in FY2011, before climbing to 357,000 in FY2012 and 414,397 in FY2013.


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