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Criminalizing Immigrants: Border Controls, Enforcement, and Resistance

Thursday, November 9 – Friday November 10, 2017
Statler Ampitheater, Cornell University

In partnership with the Cornell Population Center and sponsorship from the Frank  H. T. Rhodes Annual Symposium Fund.

Today, nearly 245 million people live outside their country of birth, typically to escape dire economic conditions, political suppression, or wars at home. In many cases, their arrival in their host countries has not been met with complete enthusiasm, and in fact led to efforts to curtail the inflow of immigrants by implementing more restrictive immigration policies and stricter enforcement of existing policies. This “criminalization” of immigration affects migrants and their families, neighborhoods and communities, employers and labor markets, and sending and receiving nations.

This conference will examine the causes and the consequences of the criminalization of immigration, drawing on empirical projects from around the globe and from a range of disciplines. Topics include the impact of immigration enforcement on economic well-being and community cohesion; the responses of migrants, their families, and employers to increased efforts to detain and deport migrants; new patterns of inequality that emerge from greater enforcement; and state, municipal, and “third sector” responses to the changing needs of immigrant communities affected by detention and deportation.

Keynote Address: David Cook-Martin (Sociology, Grinnell College; Assistant Vice President for Global Education)
How States Enforce Boundaries: The Reconciliation of People and Markets
Thursday, November 9, 4:30PM-6:00PM, G10 Biotechnology Building
This event is free and open to the public.

Paper Presentations
Friday, November 10, 8:45AM-5:00PM, Statler Ampitheater

Organized by Shannon Gleeson (Cornell University, School of Industrial & Labor Relations), Filiz Garip (Cornell University, Sociology), Matthew Hall (Cornell University, Policy Analysis & Management). Please contact us for more details.

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