Migration during Economic Downturns. From the Great Depression to the Great Recession

4.-5.04.2014, Workshop, DHI Washington

During the Great Recession immigration has been hotly contested in the United States, as elsewhere. Politicians, advocacy groups, and social movements have debated federal proposals for comprehensive immigration reform and new immigration controls. Meanwhile, many state and local jurisdictions have taken matters into their own hands-passing legislation that in some cases makes it more difficult for unauthorized immigrants to find work and go about their daily lives, and in other cases facilitates immigrants' political and economic participation.

This workshop seeks to place current immigration debates and policymaking in historical perspective. Historically, economic downturns have sharpened existing migration debates and prompted new ones, concerning both international and internal flows. A wide range of groups, from formal state actors to informal associations of individuals, have engaged in these debates and attempted to reform migration policy and practices.

The workshop will be held April 4-5, 2014. Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words and a short CV to Susanne Fabricius. The deadline for submission is January 24, 2014. Participants will be notified by early February. The workshop will be held in English. Expenses for travel and accommodation will be covered, as necessary.

For questions about the workshop, please contact:

Elisa Minoff
Fellow in Economic and Social History
German Historical Institute
1607 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009