Mexican migration is discussion topic


Delaware’s 2016 Great Decisions Community Discussion Series on U.S. Foreign Policy continues Friday with a lecture on “Mexican Migration to the United States” by Robert Gitter, Joseph A. Meek Professor of Economics at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Gitter teaches courses in labor economics, public finance and “econometrics” as well as principles of economics. Over the last decade, much of his research has focused on immigration, especially from Mexico.

He recently published an article in The International Migration Review with two Mexican economists on the impact of rainfall on migration from Mexico to the United States. They found that higher than normal amounts of rainfall reduced outmigration, most likely due to the increased levels of precipitation leading to more crops and reducing the need to migrate.

In an earlier piece, co-authored with his son, Seth, a Delaware Hayes High School graduate who is now an associate professor of economics at Towson University, they found that Mexican migrants who returned to Mexico were as likely to be employed as similar Mexicans who never migrated.

He delivered the 2012 Vogel Lecture at OWU on “La Travesia a Delaware, Columbus (The Journey to Delaware and Columbus): A Look at Mexican Migration to Central Ohio.” He has led a travel-learning class to Puebla, Mexico, on two occasions to examine the determinants and impact of Mexican migration to the United States.

All Great Decisions discussions will begin at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the William Street United Methodist Church, 28 W. William. Attendees are welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch. Complimentary coffee and tea will be provided.

Remaining speakers during the series are:

• March 11, “The Road to a Stable Climate: What’s Next After Paris?,” featuring Marianne Gabel, leader of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby in Delaware, with a CCL panel.

• March 18, “The Rise of ISIS,” featuring Michael Houlahan, Foreign Service Officer (retired), U.S. State Department.

Following each discussion, audience participants will have the option of completing a quick survey – prepared by the non-profit Foreign Policy Association – to add their opinions to others across the nation. The survey results will be made available to federal decision-makers.

Local sponsors of the lecture series include the American Association of University Women, Kiwanis, the League of Women Voters, the International Studies Program at Ohio Wesleyan University, William Street United Methodist Church, Willow Brook Christian Communities, Cruise One and private donors.

The Great Decisions Discussion Program, a free community discussion series, is designed to encourage debate and discussion of the role of the United States in world affairs.
Great Decisions series continues Friday

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Information for this story was provided by Corinne Lyman, professor emerita of politics and government at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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