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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: Haiti-Dominican Republic, Brazil

More Haitians are trying to move to the US. Instead of traveling via the Bahamas, more are traveling across the Dominican Republic and trying to cross the 80-mile-wide Mona Passage to Puerto Rico, from which they can fly to the US.

The Dominican smugglers who charge Haitians $1,000 to $2,000 each to cross the Mona passage are described as ruthless, resulting in the deaths of Haitians. The US ran ads in English and Creole in Haiti saying "Thousands try, hundreds die. Do not take to the sea."

Guatemala. The global production of palm oil has increased from 25 million metric tons in 1970 to 150 million tons worth $150 billion in 2010. Half of packaged food now contains some palm oil. Over 80 percent of the world's palm oil is produced in Indonesia and Malaysia, but Guatemala has 300,000 acres, making it the ninth largest exporter of palm oil. Critics decry labor conditions on palm oil plantations.

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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 West Coast 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.