Creating welcoming communities: Local immigration and integration policies

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Ethnic Geography Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM
Room: Galerie 1, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Christopher Strunk, Paul McDaniel
Chairs: Christopher Strunk


Geographers have conceptualized the recent expansion of state and local immigration policies as part of a broader devolution of federal immigration enforcement, the inward extension of border controls, and a contestation of repressive state power. While much of this work has emphasized exclusionary immigration policies, cities across the country have also issued welcoming statements, provided financial support for newcomer entrepreneurs and students, and declined to participate in federal immigration enforcement programs. In this session, we seek to examine the geography of immigrant integration policies in the United States and the networks that connect governments and organizations across a variety of scales. We are particularly interested in papers that explore:

- The history and geography of local immigration integration efforts
- The role of non-governmental organizations – such as nonprofit organizations, labor unions, faith-based institutions, business organizations, student groups, and foundations – in immigrant integration efforts
- Assessments of the effectiveness of these policies on the integration of newcomers
- Comparisons of immigrant integration policies/initiatives in cities and rural areas and in different types of immigrant gateway metropolitan areas
- Immigrant and refugee belonging and placemaking
- Relationships among municipal immigrant integration efforts, city branding strategies, and economic development initiatives


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Paul McDaniel*, Kennesaw State University, Media Representation and Public Discourse of Immigrant Integration, Inclusion, and Receptivity in Welcoming Cities 20 12:40 PM
Presenter Adam Saltsman*, Worcester State University, Karen Jacobsen, Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Making Place in Welcoming Cities: An Unsettled View of Inclusion and Integration 20 1:00 PM
Presenter Christopher Strunk*, Augustana College, Creating welcoming communities: Refugees, migrant civil society, and scale in the rural Midwest 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Anna Steigemann*, TU Berlin, Spaces of belonging in architectures of asylum? Urban refugees’ agency in the production of space and place in Berlin, Germany and Zaatari, Jordan. 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Erika Shepard*, , The Emerging "Immigrant-Friendly" City: How and why Dayton, Ohio became the nation's first Certified Welcoming city 20 2:00 PM

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