Paul Storer Memorial Lecture: Why Canadians (Mostly) Love Immigration, and Americans Aren't So Sure



online via Zoom


Americans are deeply divided about migration policy and have limited appetite for increasing immigration. Canada’s government has, in contrast, increased its immigration targets, and the ruling Liberal Party’s leader, Justin Trudeau, won his first national election partly due to a campaign promise to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees. Why do Canadians seem to love immigration while Americans aren’t so sure?


About the speaker: 
Irene Bloemraad is the Class of 1951 Professor of Sociology at the University of California and the founding director of Berkeley’s Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI). She also serves as the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies at Berkeley and as co-director of the Boundaries, Membership and Belonging program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. She has authored or co-edited five books including The Oxford Handbook of Citizenship (2017), Rallying for Immigrant Rights (2011) and Becoming a Citizen (2006). In 2014-15, she served as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences panel reporting on the integration of immigrants into U.S. society and in 2018, the leading North American migration journal,International Migration Review, named her its “Featured Scholar” of the year. Bloemraad believes that excellence in research and teaching go hand-in-hand and has been honored with multiple teaching and mentorship awards.