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Lecture: “Measuring Immigration Policies and Their Effects in All OECD Countries” with Marc Helbling, University of Bamberg

March 6, 2019 at 2:45 PM to 4:00 PM

Location:Room 482, Discovery Centre, 4th floor MacOdrum Library

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and EURUS are pleased to organize a co-hosted public lecture, Measuring Immigration Policies and Their Effects in All OECD Countries with Professor Marc Helbling, University of Bamberg, Germany.

About the Event: Despite a growing interest in migration questions, systematic analysis of immigration policies across time and a large number of countries is difficult. Most studies in this field have 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 method 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, and allows scholars and researchers to systematically investigate causes and effects of migration policies.The presenter will discuss how immigration policies have been conceptualized and measured. He will offer an analysis: First, how policies evolved across time, to what extent regulations became more restrictive or liberal and whether or not they converged. Second, 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.

Background reading link here.

About the Speaker: Marc Helbling is 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).

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required to attend.

This event is organized by Carleton’s Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, which is funded by Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and by the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. This event is co-hosted with Metropolis and Migration and Diaspora Studies at Carleton University.