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2017 Upcoming Forums

Michigan’s Move on Immigration

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Immigration has been at the center of a wide range of policy discussions including homeland security, economic and work force development as well as education benefits, health coverage, and driver privileges extended to visitors filling temporary jobs. IPPSR’s May 31st policy forum will look at the impact of more recent discussion of immigration and Michigan’s stance on foreign visitors and immigrants to our State. Particular attention will be on Asian immigrants given that recruitment for IT and tech jobs are mostly conducted among this immigrant group and are said to be most affected by visa reform.

As host of the May forum discussion, the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research thanks Michigan State University’s Asian Studies Center and the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) for their sponsorship.

Panelist Biographical Information:

  • Stephanie Nawyn, associate professor, MSU’s Department of Sociology and director of the Center for Gender in Global Context
    Focus: Reasons for migration and immigration, concerns for unauthorized migration and refugee admissions
  • Christine Bargerstock, Associate Director, Office of International Students and Scholars, MSU International Studies and Programs
    Focus: Education as a channel for migration and immigration, current realities of the immigration process
  • Karen Phillippi, Deputy Director, Michigan Office for New Americans
    Focus: Economic impact of immigration, jobs and community integration
  • Bing Goei, director, Michigan Office for New Americans (MONA)
    Focus: Michigan immigration policies and practices, state trends

The forum will end with facilitated discussion leading to closing comments from panelists.

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