Special Issue "Immigration and Refugee Integration Policy in the United States"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Contemporary Politics and Society".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Larry Nackerud

School of Social Work, University of Georgia, 279 Williams Street, Athens, GA 30602, USA
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Phone: 706-542-5470
Interests: U.S. immigration and refugee policy; research methodogies
Guest Editor
Dr. Lauren Ricciardelli

School of Social Work and Human Services, Troy University, Troy, AL 36867, USA
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Interests: disability; social welfare; criminal justice policy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In this historical moment, U.S. immigration and refugee policy is sorely maligned and misunderstood. While this policy arena has always had a good deal of complexity in policy development, interpretation, and implementation, the chaos now seems unprecedented.  Persons in positions of social and political leadership seem unable, or unwilling, to gain an understanding of the varied entrant and visa categories, the difference between family reunification and employment based entrants, and the difference in the journey of a person seeking asylum and that of a person arriving in the United States as a vetted political refugee.  The political, social, and moral distance between “open borders” and “zero tolerance” has never seemed more incalculable. The criminalization of immigration and refugee policy and the infusion of national security concerns into the policy arena have never been more prominent. For a country that prides itself on being a “nation of immigrants,” the United States is fast slipping from its leadership role in the international community to land on a position of near complete isolationism regarding welcoming persons from other countries into the United States—both for persons who enter with the intent of remaining permanently or even those who wish to remain only temporarily. And the voice of those who advocate for consideration of amnesty for the millions of undocumented persons in the United States is almost completely silenced. The goal of the editors for this special edition is to help bring a sense of scholarly clarity to bear. We welcome papers/manuscripts from a wide range of political and social science research perspectives.

Prof. Larry Nackerud
Dr. Lauren Ricciardelli
Guest Editors

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  • immigration
  • refugee
  • asylum
  • amnesty
  • disability/rights
  • criminalization
  • national security
  • due process
  • family separation
  • detention

Published Papers

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