Geographies of migration II: The racial-spatial politics of immigration

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Abstract

This second report on geographies of migration examines scholarship on the racial-spatial politics of immigration in the Global North, which have emerged as important issues in the context of rising nativism, the criminalization of immigrants, and the racist exclusion of immigrants from polities. The report first highlights research that has revealed the entanglements of race, immigration law, and citizenship before turning to ‘new immigrant destinations’ as central contemporary sites where race and belonging are hashed out. The following section examines the effects of anti-immigrant policing and racist politics on the health and well-being of immigrants. Activism and immigrant youth mobilization that challenge anti-immigrant politics and racist exclusions from citizenship are at the center of the arguments I discuss in the penultimate section. I conclude by calling for more geographic analysis of the racial-spatial politics of immigration, as well as of the activism that challenges such politics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-375
Number of pages13
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
I thank Malene Jacobsen and Leif Johnson for comments on this manuscript. Lisa Cliggett, Wallis Miller, and Ana Rueda commented on an earlier version. The final manuscript has benefited greatly from Pauline McGuirk’s brilliant editorial guidance. All remaining errors are mine. The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2017.

Keywords

  • citizenship
  • immigrant activism
  • immigration enforcement
  • new immigrant destinations
  • race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development

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