Comparative Politics of Immigration

International migration has been one of the signature phenomena in the last few decades. This course examines immigration from a comparative historical and political perspective by drawing on European, American, and Asian examples. Part I explores theories and empirical evaluations of the economic, humanitarian, and cultural causes of immigration. Specifically we will address the following questions: Who migrates? Why do people migrate? What are the sending and receiving countries? Part II explores the consequences of immigration faced by receiving countries, as well as immigrants. We specifically focus on how native citizens, politicians, political parties, states, and the media respond to increasing immigration. How are immigrants perceived by public opinion? What are some of the ways politicians and political parties incorporate immigration in their agenda? What are some examples of anti-immigration movements? How do states implement policies and laws to control immigration? We also investigate the raced, gendered, and classed effects of the economic, social, and political integration of immigrants. We end the course on discussions of the meanings, roles, and enactments of societal membership and citizenship.

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