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Migration and Development: Comparing Mexico-US and Turkey-Western Europe, May 6, 2011

Migration and Development:
Comparing Mexico-US and Turkey-Western Europe
2203 SSH (Andrews Conference Room)
Friday, May 6, 2011

About 10 percent of persons born in Mexico, 12 million, are in the US, and five percent of persons born in Turkey (or born in Europe to Turkish parents), four million, are in the EU-15 countries. Migration was the major relationship between Mexico and the US and Turkey and western Europe for most of the past half century. Recent trade and development policies aimed to substitute trade for migration, with uneven results.

This conference examines the demography, economy, and politics of Mexico-US and Turkey-western Europe migration. Policies toward economic integration and migration outcomes are very different in the US and EU. Canada, Mexico, and the US embraced closer economic integration under NAFTA in 1994, unauthorized Mexico-US migration increased, and the US responded with more Border Patrol agents and a fence along a third of the 2,000 mile long Mexico-US border. Turkey applied for EU membership in 1987, was rebuffed, and made democratic changes before accession negotiations with the EU began in 2005.

The purpose of the conference is to review the evolution and current status of Mexico-US and Turkish-EU migration patterns and the role of demography, economics, and development policies in shaping migration patterns. We are grateful to the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation and the EU Center at UCB for their support of the conference.

Friday, May 6, 2011

  9:00 AM
Welcome and Introductions, Philip Martin, UC-Davis, Eugen Stark, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation, and Kevin Johnson, UC-Davis Law
  9:20
Overview and Key Issues, Philip Martin, UC-Davis
10:15
Break
10:30
Turkey-Europe Economy and Migration, Eugen Stark, Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation
Gonul Tol, Center for Turkish Studies, Middle East Institute
Ibrahim Sirkeci, Regents College, London, paper, presentation
Gudrun Biffl, Donau University: paper, presentation
Discussants: Baki Tezcan, UCD History, Jeanette Money, UCD Political Science
12:30
Lunch
  1:30
Mexico-US Economy and Migration, Philip Martin, UC-Davis
Agustín Escobar, Ciesas Occidente, paper, presentation
Carla Pederzini, Universidad Iberoamericana, paper, presentation
Roberta Cook, UCCE
Ed Taylor, UC-Davis
Discussants: Luis Guarnizo, UC-Davis Human & Community Development,
David Kyle, UC-Davis Sociology, Leticia Saucedo, UC-Davis Law
  3:30
Break
  3:45
Economic Integration and Migration: Consul Perspectives
Hakan Tekin, Turkish consul
Carlos González Gutiérrez, Mexican consul
  4:45
Adjourn and wine tasting