Understanding the mission of the Jesuit Migration Academic Network
In June of 2005, Faculty and administrators from more than 20 Jesuit educational institutions from the United States, Mexico and Central America, along with immigration advocates, gathered at Fairfield University to start a three-year initiative on the study of global migration.
The conference was intended to forge links between practitioners and advocates working in the field of migration, and the 28 members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). With 140 million people worldwide living outside their country of birth, 75 million as refugees, the study of migration has taken on a new urgency. The relationships formed at the conference will lead to cooperative efforts in the area of curriculum development, research, advocacy and service. In particular, this initiative has resulted in the creation of a central clearinghouse for information on migration, and provides researchers with guidance on what practitioners consider the critical areas of investigation in migration studies.
The conference concluded with a general discussion of initiatives, both short-term and long-term, that could come out of the program. In addition, people were nominated for the Steering Committee that is responsible for moving the study of migration among the Jesuit colleges and Universities forward. One of the main goals suggested for carrying the conference's goals forwarded was the support of an active website on Migration materials, including coursework, research, data sources, and news on upcoming Migration conferences.
This network is still in the early stages of development, but in the coming months more data and information will be added.
Academic institutions represented at the conference:
The university and college participants were joined by members of Jesuit Refugee Services, leaders of the Jesuit order, and practitioners in the field of migration.