Institutskolloquium Kulturgeographie – 20.11.2019

Refugees and the Transforming Landscapes of Small Cities and Rural Areas in the US

Pablo Bose (University of Vermont)

Over the past thirty years, immigrant settlement in the US has followed new patterns. Instead of settling exclusively in gateway cities such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, refugees have been arriving in other areas – in secondary and smaller cities, in rural regions, and in new locations throughout the South, Midwest, and Northeast. Like other immigrant groups, refugees have been arriving in newer destinations, yet they have much less control over their initial placement and are instead settled through the priorities of the US Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), a partnership between the federal government and a number of non-profit agencies. I explore the rationale behind such a trend by looking both at placement data and by drawing on a number of interviews with resettlement officials with the federal government, state authorities, and resettlement officials. In particular, I examine the idea of refugees as an instrument of urban renewal for smaller cities – as a way of providing new workers, an improved tax base, and population diversity for regions suffering from economic decline, an aging population, and youth out-migration. I contextualize the arrival of refugees in smaller cities in the US within the current moment of rising racism, xenophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment across the country and an existential crisis for the USRAP program itself.

Wann: Mittwoch, 20.11.2019 um 12:30 Uhr
Wo: Seminarraum 2, 00.175, Wetterkreuz 15, Tennenlohe

Gesamtübersicht Institutskolloquium Wintersemester 2019/2020


Zukünftig werden pro Semester bis zu vier Kolloquiumsvorträge im Hörsaal C (Kochstr. 4, Innenstadt) angeboten.
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