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2008.04.14 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

OLLAS to Cosponsor International Workshop on Migration and Development

Omaha - As a member of the board and executive council of the International Network on Migration and Development, Lourdes Gouveia, director of the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), has co-organized a workshop on migration and development in Caracas, Venezuela, April 24-25.

The main objective of the workshop, the second in a series funded by the MacArthur Foundation, is to contribute to policy agendas that effectively re-link the artificially separated issues of economic development and migration.

“For too long we have failed to understand migration as an integral part of socioeconomic development and globalization processes,” Gouveia said. “Instead, especially in the United States, the ideological discourse has derailed us into looking at migration simply as a problem that needs to be solved."

She added: "We need to understand the root causes of this phenomena and the changes it then causes in sending and receiving communities to best address the fact that migration is not going away in the context of globalization and development policies that lead to precarious employment and new motivations to migrate, both internally and internationally.”

Gouveia said OLLAS is honored to be selected as one of the international cosponsors of the workshop, adding that the event will bring further international prestige to the group’s work and will encourage additional OLLAS partnerships of scholars, students and policy-makers interested in this issue as well as funders to continue to support OLLAS as a new UNO center.

More information from the workshop will be published on the OLLAS Web site.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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