MEASURING IMMIGRATION POLICIES AND THEIR EFFECTS IN OECD COUNTRIES
The Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs, and Global Studies at The New School are pleased to invite you a talk by Marc Helbling where he will present the Immigration Policies in Comparison (IMPIC) dataset. The talk will be introduced by Professor Daniel Naujok, lecturer at the Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs
ABOUT THE TALK
Despite a growing interest in migration questions, it has not been possible for a long time to systematically analyse immigration policies across time and a large number of countries. Most studies in this field have heretofore focused on individual cases or comparisons of a small number of countries. The aim of this talk is to present the Immigration Policies in Comparison (IMPIC) dataset, which proposes a new and comprehensive way to measure immigration regulations. The data set covers all major fields and dimensions of immigration policies for thirty-three OECD countries between 1980 and 2010. For the first time, it will be possible to systematically investigate causes and effects of migration policies. Besides a presentation of how immigration policies have been conceptualized and measured first analyses will be presented in the talk. First, it will be shown how policies evolved across time, to what extent regulations became more restrictive or liberal and whether or not they converged. Second, it will be shown how effective policies are, to what extent more restrictive policies lead to lower immigration rates and how important the effect is compared to socio-economic aspects that might attract or deter migrants.
ABOUT MARC HELBLING
Marc Helbling is full professor in Political Sociology at the University of Bamberg, Germany, and a Research Fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. He was a visiting lecturer or scholar among others at the Universities of Princeton, Harvard, Oxford, Sydney, New York and the European University Institute. He studied political science at the University of Lausanne and holds a PhD from the University of Zurich. His research fields include immigration and citizenship policies, xenophobia/islamophobia and right-wing populism. His work has appeared in political science journals (e.g., British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Research) and sociology journals (e.g., European Sociological Review, Social Forces).