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Lecture series examines global immigration trends

WASHINGTON – The complex and politically thorny issue of immigration isn’t a subject Congress is eager to tackle, but the Albuquerque International Association will take the subject head-on in its new lecture series.

The four-part series will analyze multiple facets of immigration, from global migration patterns to current immigration trends in the U.S. and around the world.

The lecture series begins next week with a talk by Hania Zlotnik, a former director of the Population Division at the United Nations. Zlotnik, widely considered one of America’s foremost experts on global population and migration, will provide an overview of migration patterns as part her introduction to the entire lecture series.

If you go
WHAT: Lecture on “Who Is Moving and Why? An overview of Recent Trends in International Migration” by Dr. Hania Zlotnik, former director the United Nations’ Population Division
WHERE: Albuquerque Academy, Simms Auditorium, 6400 Wyoming NE, Albuquerque
WHEN: 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26
COST: $15 for AIA members; $20 for nonmembers; free for students with proper ID

Zlotnik will speak Sunday, Aug. 26, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Albuquerque Academy. The cost is $15 for AIA members and $20 for nonmembers.

In a Journal interview, Zlotnik said she will aim to dispel some myths about immigration and provide context for lectures to follow. Other lectures in the series include “Immigration, Anti-Discrimination, Citizenship: What Can the U.S. Learn from the European Union,” “Immigration to the United States: Recent Trends and Turnarounds,” and “Managing Migration in the National Interest: the Cases of Canada, Australia and New Zealand.”

Zlotnik intends to answer questions such as where are today’s migrants coming from? What forces are making them move? Where are they headed? How will they change our world? Zlotnik said she will discuss the false notion that more and more people are coming to the U.S. from Mexico and elsewhere.

“There are actually more people returning to Mexico than the ones coming to the United States,” she said. “That is astounding, because it hasn’t happened in 30 years. But it is also quite understandable because of the problems the economy has had and increased enforcement of (immigration) laws.”

However, she also said the U.S. remains a beacon to people all over the world.

“The United States is the pre-eminent country in the migration story,” Zlotnik said. “Over these past 20 years, the U.S. has almost as many migrants as all of western Europe put together. The U.S. dominates the migration story because it is the country that is the most open and it has, usually, an economy doing better than anywhere else.

“The people who are already here from every corner of the world are the magnets bringing in others.”



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