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Criminalizing Immigrants: Border Controls, Enforcement, and Resistance in Comparative Perspective

Criminalizing Immigrants: Border Controls, Enforcement, and Resistance in Comparative Perspective
Thursday, November 9 – Friday November 10, 2017
ILR Conference Center, Cornell University

Globally, the number of people living outside of their birth country has steadily risen over the last two decades, totaling 244 million in 2015. While migrants are often motivated by the prospect of a better life for themselves or their children, their arrival is often unwelcomed by host countries. Demographic pressure, economic inequality, the specter of terrorism, and the growth of nationalist movements have all collided to give rise to efforts to dramatically curtail the inflow of immigrants, to restrict the arrival of culturally or economically undesirable migrants, or to deprive existing migrants of access to labor markets and public programs. The criminalization of immigration is thus both on the rise and widespread, affecting migrants, families, communities, and nations at all points in the immigration process and at all reaches of the globe. Yet despite this trend, relatively little is unknown about both the causes of and consequences of intensified enforcement, particularly in a cross-national perspective. The goal of this conference is to illuminate this dynamic by assembling a group of the sharpest empirically rigorous minds in the social scientific study of immigration to explore the following set of key questions:

  • What is the impact of immigration enforcement on economic well-being and community safety and cohesion?
  • How do individual migrants and their families respond to the threat and incidence of detention and deportation?
  • How do employers respond to changes in enforcement policy, to local enforcement, or to the apprehension of their employees?
  • What patterns of inequality emerge as a result of immigration enforcement?
  • How are state and local governments and third sector organizations responding to the needs of affected immigrant communities?

Keynote Address: David Cook-Martin
Thursday, November 9, 4:30PM-6:00PM, G10 Biotechnology Building
This event is free and open to the public.

Paper Presentations
Friday, November 10, 8:00AM-5:00PM, ILR Conference Center

Organized by Shannon Gleeson (Cornell University, School of Industrial & Labor Relations), Filiz Garip (Cornell University, Sociology), Matthew Hall (Cornell University, Policy Analysis & Management). Co-sponsored by the Cornell Population Center.

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