Lessons Learned and Ways Forward for the Economics and Politics of Refugee Integration

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King Hall 1001 (Law School)

Symposium: "Lessons learned and ways forward for the economics and politics of refugee integration"

October 14, 2022, School of Law, UC Davis


Jointly sponsored by

  • Economic Assimilation Research Network (Innovation Fund Denmark),
  • UC Davis Global Migration Center
  • UC Davis Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies


Academic Organizers: Prof. Raquel Aldana, Prof. Mette Foged, Prof. Giovanni Peri.


This workshop brings together the research of world-renowned scholars from economics, politics and law to understand the complex issues related to the integration, policies and politics relative to refugees in the world.

  • In the morning session, economists will present the results of evaluations of policies on the economic success of refugees and their children and a panel will discuss what we have learned from recent research and policy experience;
  • In the afternoon session, in a comparative approach that considers refugees in the US, at the US-Mexico Border and other refugees crisis in Latin America political scientists and law scholars will analyze aspects related to different legal and political responses of receiving countries to refugees inflow.




Welcome and introductions (8.45-9.00 AM)

Giovanni Peri, Professor of Economics, UC Davis, and Director, Global Migration Center


Morning Session 1- The Economics of Refugees’ integration (9.00-10.30)

Integrating Refugees and their Children into Labor Markets in Denmark

Mette Foged, Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Copenhagen


The Economic Success of Refugees in Norway

Bernt Bratsberg - Senior Research Fellow, Frisch Center


Policy Evaluations and Effect of Working Delays on Refugees Success

Jens Hainmueller - Professor of Political Science, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University


Coffee break 10.30-10.45 AM


Panel: What Have we Learned about the Economic Integration of Refugees? (10.45-12.15)

Michael Clemens - Director of Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Panu Poutvaara - Professor of Economics, University of Munich, and Director, Ifo Center for International Institutional Comparisons and Migration Research

Sari Kerr - Senior Research Scientist, Wellesley Centers for Women, and Lecturer in Economics, Wellesley College


Moderator: Giovanni Peri, Professor of Economics, UC Davis, and Director, Global Migration Center



Lunch break (12.15-1.15 PM)


Afternoon session 1 – Policies and Law (1.15-2.45 PM)


The Racialized Responses to Refugees

Kevin R. Johnson - Dean and Mabie-Apellas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies, UC Davis


The Treatment of Haitian Refugees

Jeffrey S. Kahn - Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology Sociocultural Wing, UC Davis


The Externalization of Borders in Response to Refugees

Anita Sinha - Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law


Moderator: Jack Chin, UC Davis School of Law



Coffee Break (2.45-3.00 PM)



Afternoon session 2 – Policies and Law (3.00-4.30 PM) 


Solutions at the U.S.-Mexico Border Refugee Crisis

Angela Banks - Charles J. Merriam Distinguished Professor of Law, Arizona State University


The Potential of Temporary Protected Status as a Solution to Refugees

Raquel E. Aldana - Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law, School of Law, UC Davis

Kari Peterson – JD Candidate, School of Law, UC Davis


Colombia’s Response to the Venezuelan Refugee Crisis

Sandra MorelloHuman Rights Prevention Lead, Conectando Caminos por los Derechos de las Personas Migrantes en ABA ROLI

Efrain Cruz - Deputy Chief of Party, Conectando Caminos por los Derechos de las Personas Migrantes en ABA ROLI


Moderator:  Brian Soucek, UC Davis School of Law


Adjourn (4:30 PM)


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