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News Posted on March 17, 2017

King Hall Hosts International ‘Crisis Migration’ Conference

UC Davis School of Law hosted “Crisis Migration: An International Perspective,” a conference that brought legal researchers from UC Davis and the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich together to present results of their studies on the social protection of “crisis migrants” including unaccompanied minors, climate change migrants, and those fleeing structural poverty.

Held on March 16 at King Hall, the event was co-sponsored by the School of Law, the Planck Institute, UC Davis Global Affairs, the California International Law Center, the UC Davis School of Law Immigration & Nationality Law Review, and the Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies. Throughout the day-long conference, researchers compared the various legal approaches used to deal with crisis migration in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

Attendees heard presentations including:

  • “What is a Crisis Migrant?” presented by Professor Leticia Saucedo, with commentary from Ulrich Becker, Director of Foreign and International Social Law at the Planck Institute, King Hall student Sylvia Cunningham ’17, and UC Davis Asian American Studies Professor Robyn Rodriguez;
  • “Crisis Migrants, Regional Agreements and the Case for Expanding the Refugee Designation” presented by Planck Institute Researchers Tania Abbiate and Kangnikoé Bado and King Hall student Stephanie Medina ’17, with commentary by UC Davis Political Science Professor Jeannette Money, Letlhokwa George Mpedi, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Social Security, and Labour Law at the University of Johannesburg, and King Hall students Sara Ehsani-Nia ’18 and Leslay Sedano ’17;
  • “Refugees in Europe and South Africa: The Failure & the Prospects of Asylum Systems,” organized by the California International Law Center, with presentations by Ulrich Becker, Director of Foreign and International Social Law at the Planck Institute, and Letlhokwa George Mpedi of the University of Johannesburg;
  • “Crisis Migrants, Transit/Border States and the Case for Restricting the Refugee Designation,” presented by Planck Institute Researchers Anastasia Poulou and Andreja Bogataj, with commentary from King Hall Professors Brian Soucek and Rose Cuison Villazor;
  • “Crisis Migrants and Public Welfare Policies as Immigration Enforcement: The United States” by Planck Institute Researcher Jihan Kahssay ’12, featuring commentary by Dean Kevin R. Johnson, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law Professor Raquel Aldana, and King Hall student Kyle Edgerton ’18;
  • “Refugees and National Security,” organized by the UC Davis Immigration and Nationality Law Review, and presented by Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army (retired) and immigration attorney Margaret Stock.