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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; Rural

The US produced a record 100 billion pounds of meat in 2017, including 48 percent poultry and 52 percent beef and pork; about 15 percent of US-produced meat is exported. USDA expects Americans to consume 223 pounds of meat per person in 2018.

Most poultry plants process 140 birds a minute. The National Chicken Council asked USDA in September 2017 to remove limits on disassembly line speeds, drawing opposition from unions representing poultry workers who believe worker injuries will increase. The NCC counters that faster line speeds would apply only to evisceration lines that are almost fully automated, not to parts of the line where workers cut and package poultry.

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  • 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.

  • Farm Labor and Mexican Produce Exports

    The US imports half of its fresh fruit and a quarter of its fresh vegetables. Mexico is a major source of produce imports. This project, led by the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute and supported by the Walmart Foundation, aims to understand production and marketing systems in order to identify the features of the farm labor market that can lead to better and worse conditions for workers employed on Mexican farms that export fresh fruits and vegetables to the US.

  • 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.

  • 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 & UFW Contracts

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

  • Research & Seminars

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