Author-Meets-Critics Session on- Skills of the “Unskilled”: Work and Mobility Among Mexican Migrants
The International Institute and the UCLA Program on International Migration are pleased to present
Friday, May 15, 201512:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Haines Hall 279
Sociology Seminar Room
Authors: Jackie Hagan, UNC and Ruben Hernandez-Leon, UCLA
Critics: Chris Tilly, UCLA and Frank Bean, UC Irvine
Most labor and migration studies classify migrants with limited formal education or credentials as “unskilled.” Despite the value of migrants' work experiences and the substantial technical and interpersonal skills developed throughout their lives, the labor-market contributions of these migrants are often overlooked and their mobility pathways poorly understood. Skills of the “Unskilled” reports the findings of a five-year study that draws on research including interviews with 320 Mexican migrants and return migrants in North Carolina and Guanajuato, Mexico. The authors uncover these migrants’ lifelong human capital and identify mobility pathways associated with the acquisition and transfer of skills across the migratory circuit, including reskilling, occupational mobility, job jumping, and entrepreneurship.
Jacqueline Maria Hagan
is Robert G. Parr Distinguished Term Professor of Sociology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include international migration, labor markets, gender, religion, and human rights. She is author of Deciding to Be Legal and Migration Miracle.
is Associate Professor of Sociology at University of California, Los Angeles, and Director of the UCLA Center for Mexican Studies. He is the author of Metropolitan Migrants: The Migration of Urban Mexicans to the United States (UC Press) and the coeditor of New Destinations: Mexican Immigration in the United States.
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Cost : Free and Open to the Public
UCLA Program on International Migration
Download file: 05-15-15-Skills-of-Unskilled-ng-aix.pdf
Sponsor(s): UCLA Program on International Migration, UCLA International Institute, UCLA Interdisciplinary and Cross-campus Affairs, the UCLA School of Law, the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies; the Irene Flecknoe Ross Lecture Series in the Department of Sociology. Co-sponsored with the IRLE, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and the UCLA Center for Mexican Studies.