Implementing Migration Policy: Excavating the Administrative and Bureaucratic Processes Behind Migrant Admissions and Deportation

Conference: “Implementing Migration Policy: Excavating the Administrative and Bureaucratic Processes Behind Migrant Admissions and Deportation"
May 2-3, 2022 | RSVP here

In a globalized world, one of the most difficult tasks facing governments is how to effectively manage cross-border migration. In recent years, popular media and academic publications have highlighted the ways in which elected officials and lobby groups influence the politics that drives immigration policy. However, less attention has been paid to those tasked with carrying out immigration policy such as bureaucrats who may work in conjunction with non-governmental organizations. Often hidden from public view, these actors operate behind the scenes transforming formal policy into on-the-ground practices which impact migrant populations in a variety of ways. If we are to fully understand how national and regional governments manage cross-border migration and integration, we must also pull back the curtain to observe the dynamics of policy implementation.

With the aim of shedding light on how bureaucratic agencies and civil society organizations influence immigration policy and resettlement, we invite the public to attend a series of conversations on said topic by leading scholars in the social sciences. Our conference explores the dynamics of implementing immigration policy by showcasing cutting-edge academic research on the following issues:

  • Bureaucrats’ role in shaping immigration policy
  • Civil society’s engagement in policy implementation
  • The role of subnational jurisdictions in migrant entry and settlement
  • How states reconcile national law with international legal and global normative pressures

The following speakers are currently expected to speak at the conference.

DAY 1 (May 2)

Session 1: Bureaucrats’ role in shaping immigration policy
1:10-3:00 pm

Session 2: Civil society’s engagement in policy implementation
3:10-5:00 pm

A public reception will follow the conclusion of Session 2, at 5:15 pm at the Women's Faculty Club on the UC Berkeley campus.

DAY 2 (May 3)

Session 3: The role of subnational jurisdictions in migrant entry and settlement
1:10-3:00 pm

Session 4: How states reconcile national law with international legal and global normative pressures
3:10-5:00 pm

This conference will be held on the UC Berkeley campus and will be open to the public. The intended audience includes academic and members of the public with an interest in comparative immigration policy, with a particular focus on Canada and the United States. Please click here to read publicly available paper submissions.

This conference is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Canadian Consulate General in San Francisco; the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law; the Institute of East Asian Studies; the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); the Institute of Governmental Studies; the Center for the Study of Law and Society; the Othering & Belonging Institute; the Center for Race and Gender; the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues; the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative; Global, International, and Area Studies; the Institute of International Studies; and the Institute of European Studies.