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PDRI Conference: Barriers and Bridges to Immigrants’ Integration

The conference will explore the mechanisms that constrain or enable immigrants’ economic, political, and cultural integration. You can find the program here.

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Barriers and Bridges to Immigrants’ Integration Conference Program

11 am – 11:05 am Opening remarks

11:05 am – 12:35 pm Panel 1: Attitudes towards immigrants and immigration policy 

Panel Chair: Guy Grossman (University of Pennsylvania).

Margaret Peters (UCLA), Alisha Holland (Harvard University), Yang-Yang Zhou (UBC). “Left Out: How Political Ideology Affects Support for Migrants in Colombia”. 

Discussant: Nicolás Idrobo (University of Pennsylvania)

William Allen (University of Oxford), Isabel Ruiz (University of Oxford), Carlos Vargas-Silva (Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society, University of Oxford). “Colombian Policy Preferences Towards Venezuelan Forced Migration: Barriers and Opportunities for Venezuelans’ Economic Integration”.

Discussant: Jere Behrman (University of Pennsylvania) 

Omer Solodoch (Tel Aviv University). “Overburdened? Experimental Evidence on Immigrant Dispersal Policies and Public Backlash”.

Discussant: Sascha Riaz (Harvard University)

12:35 pm – 12:40 pm Break

12:40 pm – 2:10 pm Panel 2: Policies and interventions shaping immigrant integration

Panel Chair: Stephanie Zonszein (University of Pennsylvania)

Dalston Ward (ETH Zurich), Dominik Hangartner (ETH Zurich) and Joëlle Pianzola (Immigration Policy Lab). “How do citizenship campaigns impact immigrants’ naturalization decisions? Experimental evidence from Switzerland”. 

Discussant: Yue Hou (University of Pennsylvania)

Aram Hur (University of Missouri). “National Belonging and the Limits of Civic Integration”. 

Discussant: Stephanie Zonszein (University of Pennsylvania)

Nazita Lajevardi (Michigan State University), Peter Esaiasson (University of Gothenburg) and Jacob Solhberg (University of Gothenburg). “Reject, Limbo, and Accept: The Effect of Migration Decisions on Asylum Seekers”. 

Discussant: Eroll Kuhn (UNC Chapel Hill)

2:10 pm – 2:15 pm Break

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm Panel 3: Political effects of immigration and immigration policy

Panel Chair: Laura Schmucker (University of Pennsylvania)

Yang-Yang Zhou (UBC) and Guy Grossman (University of Pennsylvania). “The Effects of Refugee Settlements on Local Development and Voting: Evidence from Uganda”. 

Discussant: Alexander Yarkin (Brown University)

Gemma Dipoppa (Stanford University). “Integrating Migrants and Winning Votes: Evidence from an Anti-Exploitation Campaign in the Italian Fields”. 

Discussant: Julius Lagodny (Cornell University)

David Attewell (UNC Chapel Hill), Eroll Kuhn (UNC Chapel Hill), Andreas Jozwiak (UNC Chapel Hill). “Backlash or Inclusion? The Political Effects of Co-Ethnic Migration”.  Discussant: Marcel Roman (UCLA)