Cities and Immigration: Political and Moral Dilemmas in the New Era of Migration

ISBN : 9780198833215

Avner de Shalit
208 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Dec 2018
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All over the world immigration is one of the most urgent political issues, creating tensions and unrest as well as questions of justice and fairness. Academics as well as politicians have been relating to the question of how states should cope with immigrants; but 96% of immigrants end up in cities, and in Europe and the USA, two thirds of the immigrants settle in seven or eight cities. Indeed, most of us encounter with immigrants as city-zens, in our everyday life, rather than as citizens of states. So how should cities integrate immigrants? Should cities be allowed to design their autonomous integration policies? Could they issue visas and permits to immigrants? Should immigrants be granted voting rights in local elections before naturalization? And how do cities think about these issues? What can we learn from cities which are thought to be successful in integrating and assimilating immigrants? Is there a model of integration within the city which is best? The book discusses these questions both empirically and normatively. The book is based on hundreds of in depth discussions of these matters with city dwellers in San Francisco, New York, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Thessaloniki and Jerusalem. It shifts the discourse on immigration from 'thinking like a state' to 'thinking like a city' .


1 Cities and Border Control: Should Cities Have Autonoous Immigration Policies?
2 Immigrants and Political Rights in the City
3 Of Milkshake and Boxers: How Inclusion Can Work

About the author: 

Avner de Shalit is the Max Kampleman Professor of Democracy and Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His publications include The Environment: Between Theory and Practice (OUP, 2000), Disadvantage (with Jonathan Wolff, OUP, 2007), and The Spirit of Cities (with Daniel Bell, Princeton University Press, second edition, 2011).

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