Patterns, Politics, and Experiences of Migration: Understanding Contemporary Trends

March 29th at 3:30 p.m.: A round table discussion with panelists: Katherine Fennelly (Humphrey Institute), Helga Leitner (Dept of Geography), Donna Gabaccia (Department of History) and discussants: Mark Hoffman and Laura Thaut (Dept. of Political Science). Light refreshments and coffee. FFI: Details and campus location

Join our interdisciplinary panel of distinguished University of Minnesota scholars to discuss the history, problems, and possibilities of current trends in international migration. In an age when money and commodities are moving across national borders with increasing speed, governments have been scrambling to create policies and practices of immigration management that respond to the boundary-blurring dynamics of globalization. In the U.S. and Europe, these changes are manifested both in the demand for large numbers of immigrant workers and in the establishment of new regimes of border control. How should we understand the significance of recent trends in international migration? What roles do different actors and structural conditions play in shaping 1) attitudes toward migrants and 2) migrants' experiences of inclusion and exclusion? To what extent are these experiences unprecedented, and to what extent are they repetitions of similar experiences in the recent and more distant past? What lessons might policymakers and scholars of migration draw from historical and comparative discussions of these questions?