The Center for Migration and the Global City (CMGC) is an incubator for multidisciplinary scholarship, innovative pedagogy and civic engagement that addresses both the local and global dimensions of migration. CMGC fosters migration research across academic disciplines and the development of educational resources, media curriculum, and public programming that contribute to a better understanding of the impact of contemporary migration and its historical roots.
The Center’s work is oriented by our location; situated on the Newark campus of a public university in a state with the nation’s third highest percentage of immigrant residents. New Jersey’s immigrant population is particularly diverse in comparison with the rest of the country. Although nearly half of New Jersey’s immigrants are Latino, New Jersey’s foreign-born residents originate from nearly 100 different countries and speak more than 165 languages. The material effects of these statistics are apparent on the Rutgers-Newark campus—a migratory hub that U.S. News and World Report has designated the most diverse national university in the United States for the past two decades. For these reasons, CMGC is particularly interested in the impact of global migration on the Newark region and the state of New Jersey. In this capacity, CMGC is also a catalyst for generating collaborative partnerships between Rutgers faculty and New Jersey immigrant communities and the organizations that represent them