Please email your abstracts (100 words or less) to email@example.com by October 15, 2014 if you are interested in participating in a panel titled, "Best Practices with Immigrant Populations":
Pittsburgh has recently launched the campaign, “Welcoming Pittsburgh”, to attract more immigrants to the area in the near future. Despite areas such as Pittsburgh’s interest in attracting immigrants, national and international policies continue to falter in meeting the needs of im/migrants. Moreover, the discourse to change immigration policies and the treatment of immigrants has taken center stage in recent years as receiving communities continue to grapple with immigration control and the services for immigrants already residing within their borders. This panel will present domestic and international case histories to promote the need to implore a best practice approach to immigrant research and policy planning and implementation. By allowing the exchange of information on lessons learned and on good practices, these projects demonstrate the need to build a bridge between empirical solutions, research and policy.