Irregular Labor Migration from Central Asia and the Caucasus to the United States

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
6:30 pm
1219 International Affairs Building

The Harriman Institute presents a talk by Saltanat Liebert.

This lecture will focus on the newly emerging phenomenon of labor migration of educated professionals from the former Soviet Union to take up unskilled, low-wage jobs in the informal economy of the United States. Based on in-depth interviews with migrants from Central Asia and Georgia, the presenter will provide a comprehensive overview of their migration, starting with how migrants arrange their passage to the United States from their home countries and ending with migrants’ integration in the destination country.

Saltanat Liebert is Assistant Professor at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA. Dr. Liebert serves as an expert on migration and human trafficking issues and has been interviewed by media outlets such as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and BBC World Service. Her forthcoming book, Irregular Labor Migration from the Former Soviet Union to the United States, will be published by Routledge in August of 2009.