International Metropolis Conference Plenary speakers

June 24 to 28, 2019

The Promise of Migration

Inclusion, Economic Growth and Global Cooperation

Ruiz Neil

Associate Director

Global Migration & Demography Research


Dr. Neil G. Ruiz is associate director of global migration and demography at the Pew Research Center. He studies the international movement of people across borders, the impact of migration on sending and receiving countries, high-skilled immigration to the U.S., and comparative immigrant visa systems. He has also authored the Center’s most recent demographic analyses of Asian Americans. Prior to joining the Center, Ruiz was the executive director of the Center for Law, Economics & Finance at George Washington University, and he has also worked as a migration expert at the Brookings Institution, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. He received his Ph.D. in political economy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in economic history from Oxford University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Ruiz regularly speaks about U.S. immigration and international migration research with major print and broadcast media.