The Migration Initiative supports scholars at UCSB who’ve studied migrants around the world, from multiple disciplinary and intellectual perspectives. Our faculty affiliates have produced important research on immigrant integration and acculturation, health access and outcomes, refugee policies, and immigration histories in the United States and elsewhere, especially in the context of emerging nationalist politics and hostility toward immigrants. We have partnered with immigrant rights organizations in the Central Coast and across California, and we seek to provide a framework for our scholars to inform community groups, public officials, and other important stakeholders.

The Dean of the Division of Social Sciences, the Executive Vice Chancellor, and the Vice Chancellor for Research established the Migration Initiative in 2019, and we maintain a close affiliation with the Broom Center for Demography at UCSB.  We also have strong ties to several departments and schools, including Anthropology, Asian American Studies, Black Studies, Chicano and Chicana Studies, Communications, Education, Feminist Studies, Geography, Global Studies, History, Political Science, and Sociology—all of their leading faculty members have published important work on migration. Moreover, the Dean of Social Sciences, Charles Hale, identified “global immigration” research as his  first clustered area of excellence, and he has continued to recruit more faculty members along those lines.

Resources on Migration Studies


The National Immigrant Justice Center released a report today examining the abuses and racism inherent in the U.S. government’s system of prosecutions that punishes people for entering the United States without authorization. Set against the backdrop of the rampant spread of COVID-19 inside U.S. prisons and detention centers and a nationwide call to confront the systemic racism in U.S. law enforcement practices that endanger Black and Brown communities, A Legacy of Injustice: The U.S. Criminalization of Migration sheds light on the deeply embedded injustices of migration-related prosecutions. These prosecutions account for more than half of criminal prosecution cases in federal courts and about 10 percent of the prison population.  


UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute's new publication 



UC Berkeley's Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative Maps At-Risk Immigrant Communities and Acces to Health Care in Times of COVID-19