47th Annual Conference | April 19 – 22, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN USA | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel | #UAA2017 | urbanaffairsassociation.org | urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/

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Thursday, April 20 • 1:20pm - 2:45pm
TH1.20.14 Local Context and the Politics of Immigrant Integration and Exclusion

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Immigrant integration has long been a salient issue for urban communities and local government officials. But how does the local demographic, civic, and political context affect immigrant integration? This panel combines studies that investigate how different city contexts in the United States and Europe affect immigrants’ civic and political integration. They ask: What explains the different level and degree of political incorporation of similar refugee communities in two new immigrant destinations in the American Midwest? What local contextual factors explain the framing, passage, and defeat of campaigns to restore immigrant voting rights in several U.S. cities? How does local context influence the institutional development, policy outputs, and community-building capacities of the growing number of city immigrant affairs offices in the United States? And in response to global crises, how have local policymakers in two different European cities responded to promote and hinder immigrant integration initiatives? The papers in this panel address these important questions using original quantitative and qualitative data and drawing on a range of literatures and theoretical perspectives.

Somalis in the Twin Cities and Columbus: Political Incorporation in New Immigrant Destinations
Stefanie Chambers, Trinity College

Immigrant Voting: Vehicle for Immigrant Integration in Cities?
Ron Hayduk, San Francisco State University; Kathleen Coll, San Francisco State University

City Immigrant Affairs Offices: The Role of Local Context
Els de Graauw, Baruch College, City University of New York 

Crisis Narrative and the Shrinking Domain of Migrant Rights to the City: The Cases of London and Dublin
Jill S. Gross, Hunter College, City University of New York 

The Role Cities Can Play in Facilitating Immigrant Inclusion:  NYC-A Case in Point
Nisha Agarwal, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; Vicky Virgin, NYC Center for Economic Opportunity

avatar for Stefanie Chambers, Trinity College - Hartford

Stefanie Chambers, Trinity College - Hartford

Professor & Chair - Dept. of Political Science, Trinity College

Vicky Virgin

Research Associate, NYC Mayor's Office


Thursday April 20, 2017 1:20pm - 2:45pm
Lakeshore C (1st Floor)