Children and Families of Migrants

Often, among vulnerable migrants their family and children are the more at risk subjects. Our researchers analyze how schooling may affect their integration and how special education program are directed to them and can help them. We also focus on the collateral damage of incarceration of undocumented immigrants on their families, on the new patterns and family dynamics for irregular migrants. Our health specialists analyze the health access of immigrant families.

November 7th, 2019

Patrick Marius Koga, Research on Refugee women in California and their Health

PCORI (Creating a Partnership with Refugee Women in California to Improve Reproductive Health Services)

This PCORI Engagement project aims to create a CA statewide refugee reproductive health network (ReproNet) in which various key stakeholders, including refugees, and resettlement agencies, will be directly engaged.  Activities will support community leaders, identify research priorities, patient-centered metrics and outcomes, and scalable approaches that can be adapted to the needs of specific refugee communities. The initial focus will be on six countries of origin (Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Somalia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo) that resettled in San Diego and Sacramento in the past ten years. The state-wide UC project (investigators from UCSF, UCD, UCI, UCM, UCSD) will have a Steering Committee, a Patient Task Force, and Panel of Researchers and Service Providers.

Opportunities for UCD students with ReproNet:

UCD students seeking involvement with ReproNet should contact Dr. Koga at or Dr. Thiel de Bocanegra at

October 29th, 2019

Recent Research by Santiago Perez on Economic Success of Second Generation Immigrants

In a new working paper, joint with Ran Abramitzky, Leah Boustan and Elisa Jacome, Center Affiliate Santiago Perez analyzes millions of father-son pairs spanning more than 100 years of U.S. history to show that children of poor immigrants from nearly every sending country have had greater success climbing the economic ladder than children of similarly poor fathers born in the United States. Moreover, the analysis documents that immigrants today are no slower to move into the middle class than immigrants from 100 years ago.

The paper received extensive media coverage, the links below provide some of that: