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September 22nd RIPS: Open Borders and International Migration Policy: The Effects of Unrestricted Immigration in the United States, France, and Ireland

DAY: Tuesday September 22, 2015TIME: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.LOCATION: KTH-B108

Sep 22, 2015

Opponents of open-borders approaches to migration policy often claim that immigration will irreparably harm natives in various ways. My book sets out to test these empirical assumptions by looking at three natural experiments in the North Atlantic region: the migration of Mariel Cuban intp Miami in 1980, that of Pieds-Noirs into Marseille in 1962, and that of Poles and other Eastern Europeans into Dublin in 2004.  Focusing on six arenas of possibly negative political, social, or economic effects, it concludes that the empirical case aganist open borders is overstated and that immigration generally does not significantly reduce natives' well-being.

Joel Fetzer is Frank R. Seaver Professor of Social Science at Pepperdine University and Chercheur invite at the Centre interdisciplinaire de rescherche sur la citoyennete et les minorites (CIRCEM) of the Univesrite d'Ottawa.  A specialist in comparative politics, he has published widely on migration in Europe, North America, and Asia.