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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: H-2A; H-2B

DOL certified over 13,000 farm employers to fill almost 258,000 jobs with H-2A guest workers in FY19. In the first two quarters of FY20, DOL certified 8,000 farm employers to fill over 138,000 jobs with H-2A workers. In FY19, almost half of the year?s job certifications were made in the first two quarters; if the same pattern holds in FY20, DOL would certify about 275,000 farm jobs, up seven percent from FY19.

DOL certified 23,321 jobs in California to be filled by H-2A workers in FY19. Two-thirds of H-2A jobs were in six counties, led by Monterey with over a quarter and Santa Barbara with 10 percent of jobs certified. Over two-thirds of H-2A jobs were with farm labor contractors, including a third with the California?s largest H-2A employer, Fresh Harvest.

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  • Rural Migration News

    Rural Migration News is produced with the support of the Colcom, Giannini, and Walmart 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 third of its fresh vegetables, mostly from Mexico. the leading source. This project, led by the Wilson Center's Mexico Institute and supported by the Walmart foundation, is developing a database on Mexican farm workers employed in Mexican export agriculture and in US labor-intensive agriculture.

  • 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.