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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.

Rural Migration News: Meat and Migrants

Mississippi-based Sanderson Farms Inc, which proposed a $113 million, 1,000-employee chicken processing plant in Fayetteville, North Carolina in July 2014, drew protests from local residents concerned about threats to water supplies. Sanderson has a chicken plant 80 miles away in Kinston, where full-time workers earn $25,000 a year but there is 40 percent employee turnover. Sanderson has nine chicken processing plants, and is opening a 10th in Texas in 2015.

A House of Raeford turkey plant closed in Fayetteville in 2013, displacing 900 workers. Some local residents want the new Sanderson plant, which would pay average wages of $12 an hour, but the protests may make it hard for the county to provide the tax incentives that Sanderson is seeking. Fayetteville's economy currently depends on Fort Bragg, and the city and county are looking to diversify the local economy by attracting call centers.

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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.