Responding to the Public Charge Rule: Immigrant Well-being and Access to Services
The Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI) would like to invite you to attend the launch of two policy reports and an interactive mapping website on Friday morning, October 11 on the UC Berkeley campus. This symposium brings together service providers, policy makers and other stakeholders to learn about immigrant integration resources in the Bay Area.

- Mapping Spatial Inequality Project - Launching the Interactive Map

BIMI has created a unique database of all legal and health services supporting immigrants in the 9 county Bay Area. This database includes unique information on language support, financial support, and other measures that improve access to services. Prof. Irene Bloemraad will present an interactive web map which allows stakeholders to study the spatial mismatch in demand and supply of immigrant services and allows immigrants to locate relevant services.

- Responding to the Public Charge Rule: Immigrant Well-being and Access to Services

This BIMI policy report shines a spotlight on the challenges of ensuring immigrants’ well-being. It does so by examining the role of public policy in shaping the health outcomes of immigrant communities as well as the provision of government and community-based human and social services. We examine the implications of recent changes to the federal public charge rule, the ability of immigrants to access human and social services in urban and suburban spaces, the unique barriers faced by legally precarious immigrants, and gendered pathways to accessing services.

- Welcoming Communities? Immigrant Access to Services in the Bay Area: A BIMI Policy Report

In the Spring of 2019, undergraduate research assistants conducted research on twelve Bay Area cities under the supervision of Professor Irene Bloemraad, a UC Berkeley Professor of Sociology with a focus on immigration and Director of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI). This research was completed thanks to the generous support of the Berkeley Collegium grant and the Unger Family Foundation. Students utilized US Census data from the American Community Survey and interviewed stakeholders, including city council members and representatives from community-based organizations, to examine access to immigrant services in mid-sized cities in the Bay Area. This report summarizes and expands upon these findings and provides generalizable policy recommendations for mid-sized cities in the Bay Area.

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