Penn Arts and Sciences

Brotherly Love? Diversity, Community, Trust, and Civic Engagement among Immigrant and Native-Born Philadelphians (Michael Jones-Correa)

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

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AS IMMIGRANT GROUPS HAVE SETTLED in an increasingly wide variety of places – including small cities, suburbs and rural areas – their successful integration into American life has depended on the attitudes and actions of the communities receiving them.  A number of organizations, including Welcoming America and the Receiving Communities Initiative, have emerged over the past decade to address this issue – even in cities, such as Philadelphia, which have long histories of immigration.  Professor Jones-Correa has been at the forefront of studying the growth and success of this movement, as well as the policies that best promote integration. During his SSPF talk, he will present new findings on how Philadelphians in an array of neighborhoods have welcomed new immigrants.

“Engaging the native born in immigrant integration results in a better outcome for both newly arrived immigrants and their citizen children, as well as for the residents of the communities in which they reside. Bringing new and old residents together around a set of common interests and the common task of immigrant integration shows promise in making the foreign born a part of the larger American society and assuaging tensions between newcomers and longer-term residents. . . . While deciding who is allowed to pass through our borders is a matter of national policy, the process of integration is at root profoundly local, and it is what receiving communities do – developing leadership, fostering contact between immigrants and other residents, engaging public and private actors to work together in coalitions, and reframing debates to highlight the importance of immigrant integration – that makes immigrant integration work smoothly and well.”
– From All Immigration is Local

Michael Jones-Correa is Professor of Government at Cornell University. He is the author of All Immigration Is Local: Receiving Communities and Their Role in Successful Immigrant Integration, a report for the Center for American Progress. He is also a co-author of Latino Lives in America: Making It Home (2010), the author of Between Two Nations: The Political Predicament of Latinos in New York City (1998), the editor of Governing American Cities: Inter-Ethnic Coalitions, Competition and Conflict (2001), and the author of more than two dozen articles and chapters on immigration, race, ethnicity and citizenship in the United States.

In addition to his work on receiving communities, Professor Jones-Correa's recent projects include an examination of the increasing ethnic diversity of suburbs and its implication for local and national politics; and a multi-authored analysis of the 2006 Latino National Survey, a national state-stratified survey of Latinos in the United States for which he was a principal investigator.

He has been a visiting fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. In 2004-2005 he served on the Committee on the Redesign of US Naturalization Test for the National Academy of Sciences, and in 2009 he was elected vice president of the American Political Science Association.

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