The purpose of the UCI Center for Research on International Migration is to stimulate, plan and carry out basic and policy-relevant research on international migration. Our main focus is on U.S. immigration and how such migration relates to demographic, social, political, cultural and economic processes, although we also conduct comparative work. In order to encourage and help develop multi-investigator, multi-disciplinary, and interdisciplinary research projects, the Center sponsors a number of activities, including meetings to discuss ideas for future research projects, “brainstorming” and information sessions about research funding opportunities, presentations of research findings and work in progress, seminars by both UCI and external speakers, and major workshops, conferences, and institutes.
Much of the Center’s research examines the multigenerational incorporation experiences of immigrant groups in the United States, especially those occurring in diverse contexts such as Southern California. These devote as much attention to what happens to the children and grandchildren of immigrants as to what happens to immigrants themselves.
Examples of current externally funded projects include studies examining
- The long-term experiences of the children of immigrants in the United States, especially their educational attainments and situations;
- The nature and extent of multiple kinds of incorporation among various second- and later-generation immigrant groups in Los Angeles
- The implications of immigration for changing race/ethnicity and multiracial identification in the United States;
- The volume, nature and legal status of U.S. and California immigration (especially Mexican immigration); and
- Comparisons of the incorporation experiences of U.S. and European immigrant groups.
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