The Mexican Diaspora in San Diego

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As part of Global Diaspora Week 2014, the Center for US-Mexican Studies (USMEX) in collaboration with the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME), the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies (CCIS), the Institute of the Americas, and the Scholars Strategy Network, hosted a daylong conference highlighting the role of the Mexican diaspora communities in San Diego at the University of California, San Diego.

“There are over 12 million first-generation Mexicans living abroad, with 99 percent based in the United States. Of those, 38 percent live in California. Ten percent of the entire U.S. population are Hispanics of Mexican origin, totaling 33.7 million.” -USMEX


The symposium featured experts from the private, public and nonprofit sectors including Ernest De Lucas, Director of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME)Andrew O’Brien, Special Representative for Global Partnerships from the US Department of State; and Mexico’s Consul General in San Diego, Remedios Gómez Arnau. UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla and Former Senator Denise Moreno Duchen also provided remarks. Speakers discussed a range of topics including the CaliBaja cross-border business community and the Oaxacan diaspora in San Diego.

For more details, read UC San Diego’s article Binational leaders converge at USMEX for Global Diaspora Week.

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