The Immigration Research Symposium is a forum for UCSB faculty to share their research interests related to the topic of immigration and to develop new research collaborations. All faculty whose research involves immigration from all disciplinary and methodological approaches are welcome to participate.

DATE:  Friday, October 18; 11:45am – 3:30pm

LOCATION: Loma Pelona Center

riosmenaKEY NOTE SPEAKER: Fernando Riosmena, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Geography,
University of Colorado Boulder


“Challenges to Immigrant Health and its Study in an Era of Rising Anti-immigrant Sentiment”

Immigration policies and practices (and non-state responses to immigration endogenous to these policies and practices) are important conditions to explaining immigrant health and wellbeing by virtue of their effect on two major health processes: health selectivity of migrants (i.e., on why people migrate and who does/not) and migrant’s adaption as they incorporate into destination societies). Given the large ramp-up in immigration enforcement both at the border and in the U.S. interior in recent years, as well as the rise in state, local, and federal policies and practices aiming to make the life of undocumented migrants in these places particularly more difficult, I discuss the general state of Latino immigrant health, the dimensions in which foreign-born Hispanics exhibit more favorable health than expected relative to their social and economic position in U.S. society, and the dimensions and mechanisms by which immigrant health appears to deteriorate more rapidly than expected. I discuss these in the context of rising anti-immigrant sentiment and the policies and practices that are impacting immigrant health care utilization and, likely, immigrant health.

Please join us to:

  • hear flash presentations by UCSB faculty about their research on immigration
  • see research posters by UCSB graduate students
  • meet other scholars doing work on immigration
  • learn about potential funding sources and collaborators for your research

Presented by the Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economic Research (ISBER), the Division of Social Science, and the Office of Research.