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Neighborhood Environments and Immigrant Integration II: Qualitative Approaches

Type: Paper
Theme: Ethnonationalism and Exclusion Around the World
Sponsor Groups: Cultural Geography Specialty Group, Ethnic Geography Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Organizers: Jeremy Nemeth, Alessandro Rigolon, Edelina Burciaga
Chairs: Jeremy Nemeth


This session focuses on the roles that place plays in shaping contexts of reception for immigrants. This focus is imperative given the rapidly-changing geography of immigration in the U.S. Papers explore the relationship between intra-region location (e.g., central city vs. suburb) and neighborhood satisfaction among immigrants; how urban design (e.g., walkability, parks) is associated with perceptions of integration among immigrants; how threats of gentrification/displacement interact with immigrants’ sense of belonging; how socio-political climates and “warmth of welcome” shape the immigrant experience; novel ways of theorizing/measuring integration and belonging; how planners might make new gateway communities more welcoming for immigrants; how immigrants find ways to thrive in suburban areas, small towns, and rural areas that often lack the resources they need; and the role of place in shaping immigrant integration in new or re-emerging gateways (South, Southwest, and Mid-Atlantic regions).


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Stacy Harwood*, University of Utah, Municipal Planning in Immigrant-Friendly Cities 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Francisco Lara-García*, Columbia University, Components of Context: Rethinking Local Context in Migration Research 15 12:00 AM
Presenter John Arroyo*, UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, Terror at the Traffic Stop: Immigration Federalism and Suburban Mexican Built Environments in the Nuevo South 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Edelina Burciaga*, University of Colorado, Denver, Jeremy Németh, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Colorado, Denver, Alessandro Rigolon, Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, The University of Utah, Legal Status and the Neighborhood Built Environments 15 12:00 AM

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