Responding to Challenging Times: Immigrant Well-being and Access to Services

Conference/Symposium | December 6 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | 109 Moses Hall

 Irene Bloemraad, Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative at UC Berkeley

 Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Institute

The Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI) is proud to announce a symposium on immigrant services policy and the service barriers immigrants face in the Bay Area on Friday morning, December 6. This event brings together service providers, policy makers, and other stakeholders to learn about immigrant integration resources in the Bay Area, followed by a discussion about strategies to ensure immigrant access to services. BIMI will also highlight key findings from our recent policy reports, profile research conducted by Berkeley researchers, and share our new interactive service-mapping website.

Prof. Irene Bloemraad, Founding Director of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI), will present key findings from three projects delving into these issues. Read the full reports and explore the interactive map at

“Responding to the Public Charge Rule: Immigrant Well-Being and Access to Services” – A policy report examining the impact of changes to the public charge rule, other barriers to services, and advice on how to ensure the ongoing access to immigrant services

“Welcoming Communities? Immigrant Access to Services in the Bay Area” – A policy report focusing on ways to improve immigrant’s access to health and legal services in mid-size cities and suburbs in the 9-county Bay Area.

Mapping Spatial Inequality: Immigrant Services in the Bay Area – An interactive mapping tool which allows stakeholders to identify gaps between the availability of and demand for immigrant health and legal services in the 9-county Bay Area.

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