Cities and immigration

Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG
Open to the public
This event is free – register to attend
June 2019

Workshop on Avner de-Shalit’s Cities and Immigration: Political and Moral Dilemmas in the New Era of Migration Oxford University Press 2018.

All over the world immigration is one of the most urgent political issues, creating tensions and unrest as well as questions of justice and fairness. 96% of immigrants end up in cities, and in Europe and the USA, two thirds of the immigrants settle in seven or eight cities. How should cities integrate immigrants? Should cities be allowed to design their autonomous integration policies? Could they issue visas and permits to immigrants? Should immigrants be granted voting rights in local elections before naturalisation? And how do cities think about these issues? What can we learn from cities which are thought to be successful in integrating and assimilating immigrants? Is there a model of integration within the city which is best?

Chair: Jonathan Wolff, Blavatnik Professor of Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.


9.30 Registration

10.00 Introduction
Professor Avner de Shalit, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

10.30 ‘Knowing my place’ 
Dr Sarah Fine, Kings College London

11.30 ‘Urban inclusion and side-by-side citizenship’ 
Dr Bart van Leeuwen, Radboud University Nijmegen

12.30 Lunch

1.30 ‘Should cities or states make immigration policy?’
Professor David Miller, Nuffield College Oxford

2.30 ‘Cities and the right to asylum’
Professor Margaret Kohn, University of Toronto Scarborough

3.30 Break

4.00 ‘Cities as sites of immigration resistance’
Professor Patti Lenard, Ottawa

5.00 Response
Professor Avner de Shalit, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

6.00 Close