DePaul University Newsline > Sections > Ask an Expert > Experts: Migration policy has reached a crossroads
By Russell Dorn /
April 19, 2022 /
Posted in: ASK AN EXPERT /
In the midst of more than four million Ukrainians leaving their home country due to the invasion by Russia, immigration and migration policy have reached a critical crossroads, says a pair of scholars. The experts will speak at DePaul University's Migration Collaborative Immigration Summit on April 29.
Maria Ferrera, an associate professor of social work in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and co-director of DePaul's Center for Community Health Equity, will speak at the summit on the health and mental health of migrants. Hiroshi Motomura, the Susan Westerberg Prager Distinguished Professor of Law and faculty co-director of the Center for Immigration Law and Policy at the UCLA School of Law, will discuss immigration law and the need to address political and cultural narratives that are often overlooked.
The daylong summit will bring together scholars, advocates, students and practitioners in the Midwest and beyond to share research and insights on significant developments in migration and human rights. Expert panels will address innovations and strategies in immigrant defense, refugee resettlement, mental health, climate migration and detention, among other topics. The summit will be presented online and in person from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on April 29. More information is available on the summit's website.
In this Q&A, Motomura and Ferrera preview some topics expected to be discussed at the summit.
It also is crucial to respond to migration as a transnational phenomenon. It calls for governments to cooperate with each other, not to outsource border control or take other measures that wrongly assume one country can act alone to influence migration.