Immigrant Civic Inclusion in New Destinations

Posted by University of Pennsylvania on April 6, 2015

Constituents without Citizenship
Immigrant Civic Inclusion in New Destinations

University of Pennsylvania
College Hall, Room 205
Friday, April 10, 2015 – 12:00pm

Erica Dobbs
SSPF Postdoctoral Fellow

With comments by:

  • Michael Jones-Correa (Dept. of Government, Cornell University)
  • Rahsaan Maxwell (Political Science, UNC-Chapel Hill)

WHY DO SOME POLITICAL ACTORS SEEK TO INCLUDE immigrants in civic life – for example, widening the pathway to citizenship or encouraging electoral participation – while others are indifferent or actively seek to exclude new arrivals? In this manuscript workshop, SSPF Postdoctoral Fellow Erica Dobbs explores variation in civic outreach to immigrants in “new destinations,” societies where immigration is a recent phenomenon. Drawing on the cases of Spain, Ireland, and Northern Ireland, the project considers why similar political actors facing similar waves of migration respond in such different ways, and argues that understanding how societies managed demands for greater civic inclusion from its own minority groups in the past can help us explain civic outreach to immigrants in the present.

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