Thursday, December 11, 2015
2:00 - 3:00pm
9th Floor Conference Room of the Lawrence Street Center
View the Mexican Perspectives on Migration blog
Mexico holds a unique position as a country that both sends and receives migrants and refugees as well as serving as a site of massive transmigration. In addition, thousands of people are repatriating to Mexico from the U.S., either voluntarily or as a result of deportation. What compels this enormous human movement? What are the textures and voices of migration on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexican border? How do the lives of people in the U.S. connect with the lives of Mexicans? How do historical and contemporary economic and political decisions originating in the U.S. impact migration and life in Mexico?
With a home base in Mexico City, one of the world’s largest, most vibrant cosmopolitan metropolises, we will get to know the people and the work of APOFAM, a Mexican association of families of migrants; La Casa de los Amigos; Los Otros Dreamers; Sin Fronteras; migrant shelters that support Central Americans; national and state education policies and programs to address the needs of repatriated children; schools that serve repatriated students, and much more. In addition, we will explore the immense, multilayered cultural, social and historical landscapes of Mexico City and the nearby states of Tlaxcala and Puebla.
N.B. Currently, the US State Department has issued a travel warning for Mexico. University travel policy stipulates that student travel is suspended to countries with State Department Travel Warnings. The travel suspension for this program has been appealed. All participants will be required to understand and agree to the stipulations of the appeal.