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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.

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Rural Migration News: California: Water

Record precipitation in 2022-23 led to flooding in spring 2023 as deep snow that fell in the Sierra mountains melted; some levees that were weakened by years of dry weather and animals burrowing holes in them broke. The State Water Project offered 100 percent allocations to its 29 public agencies and farmers with 750,000 acres for the first time since 2006, and the federal Central Valley Project offered 100 percent of promised water allocations for the first time since 2017.

Tulare Lake, once the largest body of freshwater west of the Mississippi, re-emerged in 2023. Water covered 168 square miles in summer 2023, reducing the acreage devoted to cotton and other crops, as snow melt from the Kern, Tule, Kaweah and Kings rivers prevented planting on the land south of Corcoran. Tulare Lake re-appeared in 1969, 1983, and 1997, which were also wet years.

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  • Rural Migration News

    Rural Migration News summarizes the most important migration-related issues affecting agricultural and rural America, and is produced with the support of the Colcom, Giannini, and Walmart foundations.

  • Rural Migration News Blogs

    Rural Migration News blogs examine a particular farm labor, migration, or trade issue, and are produced with the support of the Colcom, Giannini, and Walmart foundations.

  • Farm Labor and Mexican Produce Exports

    The US imports over half of its fresh fruit and a third of its fresh vegetables, mostly from Mexico. This project, led by the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute and supported by the Walmart foundations, strengthens protections for Mexican workers employed throughout North America agriculture and works with stakeholders to implement evidence-based policies that improve worker protections.

  • Migration News

    Migration News was a monthly and later quarterly summary of the most important migration issues in the US, Europe, and Asia that was produced between 1994 and 2014 with the support of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

  • Sloan West Coast Program On S&E Workers

    The Sloan Program on Science and Engineering Workers supported researchers interested in how affected US workers employed in IT-related occupations between 2007 and 2014 with the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

  • Changing Face & UFW Contracts

    The Changing Face project assessed the effects of immigrant farm workers on agriculture and agricultural communities in California and other states between 1994 and 2016 with the support of the Farm and Rosenberg Foundations.

  • Research & Seminars

    Migration Dialogue organized seminars for opinion leaders to discuss comparative migration issues between 1993 and 2004 with the support of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.