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SMU and Dallas Fed: 'Immigration Policy in an Era of Globalization'

Conference set for May 19-20; Listen to KERA 'Think' discussion

Examining Immigration

'Immigration Policy in an Era of Globalization' conference sponsored by Southern Methodist University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
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On May 18, 2011, KERA radio's Think focused on immigration and featured Political Science Professor James F. Hollifield, director of SMU's Tower Center for Political Studies; Pia Orrenius, a Tower Center fellow and a research officer and senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; and Joseph Chamie, director of research for the Center for Migration Studies in New York.

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May 18, 2011

DALLAS (SMU) — As industrialized nations across the world confront the complexities of immigration, a group of leading scholars will convene at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas on Thursday and Friday to discuss how nations are coping with this complex economic, security and social issue.

The conference, “Immigration Policy in an Era of Globalization,” is sponsored by the Dallas Fed and the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University.

Participants can register online to attend the event.

Experts from Western Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada will discuss how major immigrant-receiving countries control and manage migration as economic needs often conflict with political pressures.

Pia Orrenius
“Lawmakers around the world struggle with the gap between desired and actual outcomes when it comes to immigration,” said Pia Orrenius, SMU Tower Center Fellow and Dallas Fed senior economist and research officer.  “What explains this failure of immigration policy to achieve its desired objectives?  This and other key questions will be addressed at the conference.

 “This is a unique opportunity in Dallas to hear experts from around the world share their views on immigration policy in the developed world.”

The conference is aimed at academics, policymakers, business leaders, community development professionals and anyone interested in immigration.

Speakers will include:

  • George Borjas of Harvard University
  • Grete Brochmann of University of Oslo
  • Stephen Castles of the University of Sydney
  • Philip Martin of the University of California, Davis.

Additional information about the conference, including a list of confirmed speakers and additional topics for discussion, can be found on the Dallas Fed website.

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