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Global Immigration Policy Debate Subject of Dallas Fed, SMU Conference

For immediate release: May 12, 2011

DALLAS—As industrialized nations across the world confront the complexities of immigration, a group of leading scholars will convene at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas May 19–20 to discuss how nations are coping with this complex economic, security and social issue.

The conference, “Immigration Policy in an Era of Globalization,” is sponsored by the Dallas Fed and John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University.

Experts from Western Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada will discuss how major immigrant-receiving countries control and manage migration as economic needs often conflict with political pressures.

“Lawmakers around the world struggle with the gap between desired and actual outcomes when it comes to immigration,” said Pia Orrenius, Dallas Fed senior economist and research officer, and SMU Tower Center Fellow. “What explains this failure of immigration policy to achieve its desired objectives? This and other key questions will be addressed at the conference.

“This is a unique opportunity in Dallas to hear experts from around the world share their views on immigration policy in the developed world.”

The conference is aimed at academics, policymakers, business leaders, community development professionals and anyone interested in immigration.

Speakers will include George Borjas of Harvard University, Grete Brochmann of the University of Oslo, Stephen Castles of the University of Sydney and Philip Martin of the University of California, Davis.

Additional information about the conference, including a list of confirmed speakers and additional topics for discussion, can be found on the Dallas Fed website: /research/events/2011/immigration.cfm



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Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
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