2017-19 theme: Borders, Migration and Belonging

Join us in exploring the human experience of migration in Oregon, the United States, and the wider world.



Focus Areas

Who is a migrant? Who is a refugee? Who makes U.S. immigration law and policy?
We will explore the changing definitions of migrants and refugees along with the factors that cause some people to move while others do not. We will also consider how federal, state, and local governments have responded to migration-related pressures.

The human experience of migration and being undocumented
Migrants face significant challenges to their physical and mental health. We will explore these experiences alongside the resilience that also accompanies migration. 

Migration and asylum for children, women, and families
We will address special efforts to reform immigration policy and asylum eligibility for these particular populations.

We will explore the impact of policies that equate migration with illegality and utilize identification, segregation, and incarceration to manage it.

The new nativism and the politics of belonging
We will discuss what constructive, practical alternatives exist to closing borders and marginalizing millions of undocumented immigrants and their families.

The impacts of migration and immigration in Oregon
We will explore what demographic change has already meant for Oregon and what it is likely to mean in the future.

Migration and climate change
What is the relationship between climate-related displacement and migration’s many other causes? How has this type of migration intersected with questions about indigenous peoples, their rights and sovereignty?