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The World on the Move: Migration and Immigration in Uncertain Times

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

9:40am - 11:10am - Ahmanson Auditorium

Migration in Africa - Perspective from the Continent on Causes and Impact

David Orth-Moore from Catholic Relief Services will provide an overview of the political and economic reasons for migration in several parts of Africa providing examples from his 25 years living and working on the continent including such places as Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Liberia, Senegal and Ghana.  He’ll explore what life is like for those who become either internally displaced or refugees in neighboring countries, and what Catholic Relief Services (the relief and development agency of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops founded in 1943) does to support populations that leave their homes.  Finally, based on his four years as Assistant Director of Catholic Charities of Central New Mexico, he’ll explain what awaits refugees who resettle in the United States or other countries, and the services provided.

11:20am - 12:50pm - Ahmanson Auditorium

Responsiveness in Refugee Crisis Management Services: A Case Study from Turkey & Seeking Solutions

This session focuses on exploring crisis management practices and discusses managerial and theoretical implications for refugee crisis management which could be useful solutions for policy makers through an interactive panel, followed by small group discussions in a workshop format.

Presentation by Dr. Oyku Iyigun

1:00pm - 2:30pm - Ahmanson Auditorium

Immigrant Advocacy on the Ground

Los Angeles is home to the largest population of immigrants, both documented and undocumented, in the nation.  Many reside on the Eastside of Los Angeles, where the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic is the primary free legal agency serving indigent immigrants.  In partnership with Homeboy Industries and Dolores Mission, LIJC conducts twice weekly intake clinics and with the assistance of law students, pursues immigration relief whenever possible.  The Trump administration has made the work of LIJC more critical than ever, as aggressive immigration enforcement measures have separated families and disrupted peaceful immigrant communities.  In this panel, LIJC faculty and staff share the stories of those they serve, the struggles their clients face, and what social justice lawyers are doing to preserve and protect the rights of immigrants.

 Moderator: Professor Kathleen Kim, Loyola Law School

Panelists: Co-Director Marissa Montes, Co-Director Emily Robinson, Supervising Staff Attorney Yanira Lemus, Staff Attorney Sandra Ruiz, Staff Attorney Alejandro Barajas

2:40pm - 4:10pm -Ahmanson Auditorium

Presentation by Claudia Sandoval and Students from Alternative Break Arizona

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

9:40am - 11:10am - Hilton 100

Developing Entrepreneurial Skills Among Refugees / Immigrants

In Germany migrant Entrepreneurship is far above the national average, and now seen as economic success and a job machine in all branches and skill levels.  Migrant Entrepreneurship training and concepts need customization to the personal situation, to turn their psycho-social experiences of the migration process into successful skills.

 Since Germany took 1.2 Million refugees in 2014-15 mainly from Syria, Afghanistan and Africa the so-called Flüchtlingskrise (refugee crisis) is turning more and more into an economic success: stabilizing demography, SMEs asking for more migrants, and migrant entrepreneurship is far above-average and seen as a job machine. It is not anymore the 24/7 self-exploiting Asian family restaurant, migrants are entrepreneurial in all branches and skill levels. Their psycho-social stresses due the migration process can be turned into potential labor market skills. In the same as we do entrepreneurial training for many years with the underprivileged in rural areas in developing countries like India and Africa, the trainings and concepts need customization to their personal situation, e.g. their tribal language, education level and cultural values. Then the entrepreneurial ideas, standing-power and self- employment rate is above average than in traditional standardized Entrepreneurship training models in our universities.

 Presentation by Professor Harald Meier, Chair in International Management, Projects and Communication, University of Applied Sciences, Bonn, Germany

12:40pm - 2:10pm - Hilton 100

Contributions of the Foreign-Born to the California Economy

This session will examine the presence and contribution of the foreign-born, and the children of the foreign-born, on the diverse sectors of the California economy.

2:20pm - 3:50pm - Hilton 100

Talent Acquisition and the Tech Sector

This panel will examine the needs and challenges of talent acquisition in the techology sector and the role of a global workforce as a competitive necessity.  The role and impace of immigration policies will be explored within this context.

4:20pm - 6:00pm - Hilton 100

Panel Discussion led by Dr. Edward Park from the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies and Habiba Simjee

Thursday, January 25, 2018

9:40am - 11:10am - Von der Ahe Family Suite, Hannon Library

Close to Home: Stories from Faculty and Staff

Panel Disussion with Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, Neno Pervan, Arnab Banerji and Rachel Wen-Paloutzian

11:20am - 12:50pm - Von der Ahe Family Suite, Hannon Library

Bridging the Divide: Connecting Migrants with Locals

Contact with host country nationals is one way to learn about the host culture and build a new social network, but many migrants find it difficult to connect.  What can we do to bridge this divide?

Many migrants have difficulties connecting with the locals of the host country. Staying within a ‘bubble’ does not only prevent migrants benefiting from contact with locals, it can even be counterproductive in the long run. Contact with locals is one way to connect to the location and learn about the host culture. Locals can also play an important role in building a new social network in the host country. This session focuses on uncovering the large potential of contact with locals by outlining research findings about the various advantages of contact with host country nationals. Furthermore, the session will discuss participants’ experiences abroad and the various factors that can help or hinder making contact with locals. The session aims to raise awareness of the importance of bridging the gap between migrants and locals and what one can do to bridge this gap – both as a migrant and as a local.

Presentation by Dr. Marian van Bakel, who received her PhD in International Business Communication at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.  She is currently with the Department of Marketing and Management of the University of Southern Denmark, where she conducts research in international human resource management, particularly expatriation.

1:00pm - 2:30 pm -Von der Ahe Family Suite, Hannon Library

Refuge Beyond Reach: How Rich Democracies Repels Asylum Seekers

Governments in the Global North have developed increasingly elaborate technologies to keep asylum seekers away from territories where they can ask for sanctuary.  Many of these polices comply with the letter of domestic and international laws against returning people to face persecution while violating the spirit of those laws to avoid their perceived costs.  A medieval landscape of domes, buffers, moats, cages, and barbicans prevents the unwanted from finding refuge.  The policies are constrained by courts, transnational advocacy networks, and foreign policy issue linkages in ways that vary sharply by country and specific techniques of “remote control.”

Presentation by David Scott FitzGerald is Theodore E. Gilfred Chair in U.S.-Mexican Relations, Professor of Sociology, and Co-Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California - San Diego.

2:40pm - 4:10pm - Von der Ahe Family Suite, Hannon Library

Passing Over: Migration, Theology and the Eucharist

Amidst the divisive and polarizing rhetoric around migrants and refugees today, what does it mean to be witness to the body of Christ? This talk will explore the integral connection between what happens inside Churches and what happens outside of them by looking at the relationship between those who cross borders today looking for a more dignified life and the One who crossed over into our world in the incarnation in order to bring us to our eternal homeland. It will look at some of the arguments around migration today, some of the key challenges we face as a global family, some of the ways of looking at the issue of migration from a theological perspective.

Fr. Daniel G. Groody is Associate Professor of Theology and Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame and the director of the Global Leadership Program within the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, where he is also a faculty fellow.  He is a Catholic priest, a Holy Cross religious, and an award-winning professor, author, and film producer.