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About Migration Dialogue

Migration Dialogue provides timely, factual and nonpartisan information and analysis of international migration issues through five major activities: the newsletters Migration News and Rural Migration News, Changing Face and other Research & Seminars, and the Sloan West Coast Program on Science and Engineering Workers.

Contact us at migrant@primal.ucdavis.edu.

Migration News: France, Germany, Benelux

France. France in May and June 2014 closed migrant camps near the port of Calais, where migrants wait to slip unto trucks bound for the UK. Migrants were taken from makeshift camps to government centers and told to apply for asylum in France or return to their country of origin. However, many returned to Calais, aiming to board trucks and trains for the UK. In 2002, then interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy ordered a Red Cross center at Sangatte closed.

A Romanian teen named Darius was beaten by a gang of 20 in June 2014 after being accused of stealing from residents of the Cite des Poetes housing project north of Paris. The teen lived in a camp of about 200 Roma near the housing project and was accused of burglaries and thefts; his family offered to return the jewelry he had stolen when the gang demanded a ransom. After Darius was beaten, the Roma abandoned the camp. Most residents of housing projects are descendents of North African guest workers of the 1960s and 1970s.

The European Court of Human Rights in July 2014 upheld the French government's 2010 ban on full-face veils in public, rejecting arguments that the ban undermines freedoms of religion and expression. A Muslim woman charged that banning the niqab, a veil that leaves only eyes visible, and the burqa, a loose garment that covers her entire body with only a mesh over the eyes, violated her religious freedom and put her at risk of discrimination and harassment. The government countered that the veils were a security risk, since they allow a person to conceal his or her identity. Violators can be fined E150.

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  • Migration News

    Migration News

    Migration News is produced with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and UCB Institute of European Studies. A paper edition is available by mail for $30 domestic and $50 foreign for one year and $55 and $95 for two years. Make checks payable to Migration Dialogue and send to

    Philip Martin, Department of Ag and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, California 95616 USA.
  • Rural Migration News

    Rural Migration News

    Rural Migration News is produced with the support of the Colcom, Farm, and Giannini Foundations. A paper edition is available by mail for $30 domestic and $50 foreign for one year and $55 and $95 for two-years. Make checks payable to Migration Dialogue and send to

    Philip Martin, Department of Ag and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, California 95616 USA.
  • Sloan Program On Science and Engineering Workers

    Sloan West Coast Program On S&E Workers

    This network of researchers hosts seminars on labor and immigration issues affecting science and engineering workers, compiles and distributes information on these issues, and cooperates closely with the NBER's SEWP.

  • Changing Face

    Changing Face

    The Changing Face project assesses the effects of immigrant farm workers on agriculture and agricultural communities.

  • Research & Seminars

    Research & Seminars

    Include Opinion Leader Seminars, the Comparative Immigration and Integration Program, and Transatlantic Migration Policy Issue seminars.