Strangers in a strange land: Migrants and disasters in the US

2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT

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More than 45 million people living in the United States were born outside its borders. In fact, the U.S. has a higher number of immigrants than any other country. In 2020, due to closed borders and other COVID-19 restrictions, slightly more than 400,000 people crossed a U.S. border to claim asylum. In the 2022 and 2023 fiscal years, that number exceeded 2 million people, many of them unaccompanied minors or families.

In our $1 trillion food and agricultural industry, 73% of workers are immigrants, and about 4% are undocumented migrants. The number of undocumented workers rises to between 50% and 75% in California.

During this webinar, panelists will explore issues connected to migrants and disasters. Why do people leave their original country to come to the U.S.? Is there a need for a climate refugee status for asylum seekers? What happens when migrants arrive in the U.S.? What happens to migrant workers during and after disasters?

At the end of the webinar, grantmakers will:

  • Improve their understanding of the refugee, migrant and asylum seeker pipeline.
  • Increase awareness of funding opportunities in sending and receiving communities.
  • Learn how disasters differentially impact migrant workers.

While primarily aimed at funders, it may also interest emergency managers, government staff, academics, disaster responders and nongovernmental organization staff interested in or working on disasters and other crises.

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CDP President and CEO Patty McIlreavy will moderate the discussion.

This webinar is co-sponsored by Alliance Magazine, Council on Foundations, Giving Compass, United Philanthropy Forum, Philanthropy New York and National VOAD.

Automatic closed captioning will be available via Zoom during the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and posted on this page. We will email the link to the fully captioned recording to everyone who registered.

CDP is striving to increase the accessibility of its webinars. Please email Katie Huang and let us know what accommodations you need by Dec. 1; we will do our best to meet your needs as feasible.

Photo: Strawberry picking in California. Field workers in California are almost exclusively immigrants who work at back-breaking labor to support themselves and their families. Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

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