BMI is working with the UNAM center for Mexican Studies to Development a Consortium for the study of Migration and Human Rights
Immigrants contribute to the economies of both the U.S. and Mexico, establish businesses, have acquired property, and formed families. However, in 2005, increased internal enforcement measures taken by both state and federal governments have resulted in greater policing of Latino-heritage populations (primarily of Mexican origin) by authorities. As a result, there has been a dramatic rise in the number of voluntary and involuntary returnees to Mexico, and entire family units returning to Mexico. CONAPO (a Mexican government population census agency) also reports that upon their return, returning migrants face difficulty finding jobs. Many members in these families include U.S. citizen members. U.S. citizen children and teenagers—the children of immigrants who lived in the U.S. make up one of the fastest-growing populations in the Mexico’s public schools.i
Because the related issues that emerge from the above-mentioned developments have consequences for these populations living in the U.S. and Mexico, areas of inquiry and policy solutions require a binational approach. This is the rationale for creating a UA-UNAM academic consortium.
An academic consortium is described as group or association formed to undertake an activity that is beyond the resources of any one member. The objectives of the UA-UNAM consortium are:
- To promote international collaborative relationships for the purpose of designing binational research projects on issues of concern shared by Mexico and the U.S.
- To promote the mobility of faculty and students as visiting scholars, or through international exchange for teaching, research, or symposia
- To jointly design academic programs such as dual degrees or distance learning
The focus of the UA-UNAM academic consortium is Migration and Human Rights, with a range of topics conceivably falling under this focus, and in accordance and conforming to domains of expertise of the members and academic units that will comprise the consortium, including but not limited to the following topics: