Oct 3 2017

2017 CMS Symposium - Whither Immigration? New Directions in Research and Policy in an Era of Nationalism

9:00am - 4:45pm
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, 1 New York Plaza
Past Event

Overview

Join the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) for its annual academic and policy symposium on 3 October 2017 scheduled from 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM at the law offices of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP (1 New York Plaza, New York, NY). The agenda is included under the agenda tab with additional speakers to be announced soon. 

To register, visit https://2017cmssymposium.eventbee.comThe conference fee of $50 includes lunch and refreshments throughout the event. Discounts and fee waivers are available for qualifying registrants/organizations showing financial need. To request a discount or fee waiver, please contact cms@cmsny.org.

Read and sign the Model International Mobility Convention at globalpolicy.columbia.edu/mobility-convention.

Agenda

8:30AM
REGISTRATION OPENS

9:00AM – 9:15AM
WELCOME

Karen Grisez
Special Counsel, Public Service Counsel
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio
Bishop of Brooklyn

9:15AM-10:40AM
SESSION I | IMMIGRATION POLICY AND CONSEQUENCES IN THE TRUMP ERA

Over the last year, the Trump administration has sought to restrict immigration and refugee resettlement to the United States and end policies protecting those already in the country – including terminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, eliminating Temporary Protected Status for certain immigrants, restricting the number of refugees, and increasing deportations of unauthorized migrants. This session will describe these shifts as well as nationalist sentiment underlying these changes, and the possible long- and short-term consequences.

Introduction
Douglas Gurak
Editor, International Migration Review
Center for Migration Studies

Keynote
Katharine M. Donato
Donald G. Herzberg Chair in International Migration and Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

10:40AM-10:50AM
BREAK

10:50AM-11:05AM
MODEL INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY CONVENTION

The Model International Mobility Convention sets forth a comprehensive legal framework to address the movement of individuals across borders, including visitors, students, tourists, labor migrants, entrepreneurs, long-term residents, asylum seekers, and refugees. It addresses the growing gaps in protection and responsibility that are leaving migrants vulnerable. One year after introducing the Convention at CMS’s annual academic and policy conference, Professor Michael Doyle returns to report on the final version of the treaty. He will highlight key provisions, explain efforts to circulate the document, and enlist support for the Convention.

Michael Doyle
Director of the Global Policy Initiative and University Professor
Columbia University

11:05AM-12:30PM
SESSION II | THE PROMISE, POTENTIAL AND PITFALLS OF “BIG DATA” IN IMMIGRATION SCHOLARSHIP 

This panel explores the implications of “big data,” the growing number of incredibly large data sets, for the study and management of international migration. Its themes will include the benefits and shortcomings of big data in the study of migration, different kinds of big data used to analyze migration trends, and the overall relevance and predictive capability of big data vis-a-vis global migration trends.

Moderator
Jamie Winders
Incoming Editor, International Migration Review
Center for Migration Studies
Professor and Chair, Department of Geography, The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Syracuse University

Panelists
Susan Martin
Donald G. Herzberg Professor Emerita of International Migration
Georgetown University

Bryan Roberts
Institute for Defense Analyses

12:30PM-1:30PM
LUNCH
City Hall Room

1:30PM-3:00PM
SESSION III | US IMMIGRATION REFORM OVER THE LONG-TERM

This session will discuss the need for long-term reform of US immigration law and policy, looking beyond the current US immigration debate. It will critique different aspects of the US immigration system, make recommendations for their reform, and discuss relevant research needs and projects. Panelists will touch on findings and recommendations set forth in articles in both the International Migration Review and the Journal on Migration and Human Security (JMHS)’s special collection on US immigration reform.

Moderator
Donald Kerwin
Executive Director
Center for Migration Studies

Panelists
Pia Orrenius
Vice President and Senior Economist
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Tom K. Wong
Assistant Professor of Political Science
University of California, San Diego

3:00PM-3:15PM
BREAK

3:15PM-4:45PM
SESSION IV | THE REFUGEE AND MIGRATION COMPACTS: CONTENT AND INTERSECTION

Panelists will discuss the development of the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration and the Global Compact on Responsibility-Sharing for Refugees, two processes born out of the New York Declaration on the Large Movement of Migrants and Refugees. Common issues between the two compacts will be identified and opportunities for influencing the substance of the documents will be offered.

Moderator
Michele Pistone
Associate Editor, Journal on Migration and Human Security
Center for Migration Studies
Professor of Law and Director of the Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES)
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Panelists
Kevin Appleby
Senior Director of International Migration Policy
Center for Migration Studies

Additional speakers to be announced

Background Materials

The Model International Mobility Convention

While people are as mobile as they ever were in our globalized world, the movement of people across borders lacks global regulation. This leaves many refugees in protracted displacement and many migrants unprotected in irregular and dire situations. Meanwhile, some states have become concerned that their borders have become irrelevant. International mobility—the movement of individuals across borders for any length of time as visitors, students, tourists, labor migrants, entrepreneurs, long-term residents, asylum seekers, or refugees—has no common definition or legal framework. To address this key gap in international law, and the growing gaps in protection and responsibility that are leaving people vulnerable, the "Model International Mobility Convention" proposes a framework for mobility with the goals of reaffirming the existing rights afforded to mobile people (and the corresponding rights and responsibilities of states) as well as expanding those basic rights where warranted.

In 213 articles divided over eight chapters, the Convention establishes both the minimum rights afforded to all people who cross state borders as visitors, and the special rights afforded to tourists, students, migrant workers, investors and residents, forced migrants, refugees, migrant victims of trafficking and migrants caught in countries in crisis. Some of these categories are covered by existing international legal regimes. However, in this Convention these groups are for the first time brought together under a single framework. An essential feature of the Convention is that it is cumulative. This means, for the most part, that the chapters build on and add rights to the set of rights afforded to categories of migrants covered by earlier chapters. The Convention contains not only provisions that afford rights to migrants and, to a lesser extent, States (such as the right to decide who can enter and remain in their territory). It also articulates the responsibilities of migrants vis-à-vis States and the rights and responsibilities of different institutions that do not directly respond to a right held by migrants. 

The Model International Mobility Convention was developed by a Commission of eminent academic and policy experts in the fields on migration, human rights, national security, labor economics and refugee law. The Commission came together to debate and develop the Convention in workshops conducted regularly from spring 2015 until it was finalized in June 2017. A full list of Commission and other signatories to the Convention can be found further down on this page. 

Read and sign the Model International Mobility Convention at globalpolicy.columbia.edu/mobility-convention.