Special Issue "Integration and Resettlement of Refugees and Forced Migrants"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Karen Jacobsen

The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 160 Packard Ave, Medford, MA 02155, USA
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Interests: refugee and migration issues; field methods; Africa; humanitarian assistance; livelihoods in complex emergencies; developing countries
Guest Editor
Mr. Charles Simpson

Feinstein International Center, Tufts University, 114 Curtis Street, Somerville, MA 02144, USA
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Interests: refugee integration; urban studies; smuggling and borders

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The United States—among many other refugee-hosting countries—is shifting its longstanding refugee policy towards a less favorable response to refugees through travel bans and other restrictions. At a local level, however, towns are responding differently: Some resist national policy changes by declaring themselves “sanctuary cities,” while others support exclusionary policies. What determines these differences? Do elected politicians set the tone, or do other social and economic factors determine how citizens react? At this local level, what determines refugees’ ability to become integrated in a town?

The Refugees in Towns (RIT) project, based at Tufts University, focuses on refugee and other migrants’ integration experiences by drawing on the local knowledge and perspectives of refugees and citizens living in migrant-hosting towns around the world. Our RIT project gives voice to both refugees and hosts in an effort to deepen our understanding of integration. Since the RIT project began in mid-2017, we have commissioned more than 15 case studies, with another 15 in the pipeline. We are building a publicly available global database of cases to share local knowledge and perspectives about the factors that enable or obstruct integration, and the ways in which migrants and hosts co-exist, adapt, and struggle with integration. Our immediate goal is to support community leaders, aid organizations, and local governments in shaping policy, practice, and interventions, and our long-term goal is to build a theory of integration from the ground up.

In this Special Issue, we invite papers—particularly by refugees or local citizens living in migrant-hosting towns—that explore urban integration. In your experience, how have refugees and citizens interacted in your town? What has been the role of town officials and politicians in enabling or obstructing integration? What has been the social, economic, and cultural impact of migration on the town, and how have locals responded? We invite short papers (no more than 10–15 pages) that reflect a broad range of experiences from both refugee and non-refugee perspectives.

Prof. Karen Jacobsen
Mr. Charles Simpson
Guest Editors

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  • Refugees
  • Immigrants
  • Urban
  • Integration
  • Resettlement
  • Cities
  • Towns

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