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Immigration and the Financial Crisis

The United States and Australia Compared
Monash Studies in Global Movements series
Edited by John Higley, Director, Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies, University of Texas at Austin, US, John Nieuwenhuysen, Director, Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements, Monash University, Australia and Stine Neerup, Research Associate, Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements, Monash University, Australia and PhD Fellow, Copenhagen University, Denmark
Structural needs for immigrant labour in health care, restaurant, tourism, agricultural and other economic sectors, together with harsher economic circumstances in most sending countries, almost certainly ensure the continuation of large-scale immigration to the US and Australia. But in harder times, especially in the US, sustaining this immigration while managing immigrants’ economic and social integration are daunting tasks. This illuminating book analyses how well, and in what ways, the US and Australia will meet these challenges.
Extent: 240 pp
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Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 978 1 84980 991 7
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Structural needs for immigrant labour in health care, restaurant, tourism, agricultural and other economic sectors, together with harsher economic circumstances in most sending countries, almost certainly ensure the continuation of large-scale immigration to the US and Australia. But in harder times, especially in the US, sustaining this immigration while managing immigrants’ economic and social integration are daunting tasks. This illuminating book analyses how well, and in what ways, the US and Australia will meet these challenges.

This companion volume to Nations of Immigrants examines immigration to the US and Australia during the difficult economic times following the paralysis of financial firms and markets in New York and London in autumn 2008, quickly affecting Australia and most other OECD countries. The contributors – prominent American and Australian immigration specialists – discuss how the financial crisis has altered the nexus of domestic labour markets and immigration, how public fears spurred by harder times are affecting border protection and support for immigration, whether serious abrasions between foreign- and native-born populations are resulting, and the extent to which the politics of immigration is being transformed.

Immigration and the Financial Crisis will prove a thought provoking read for academics and students with an interest in immigration, and American and Australian policy arenas. The book will also prove an invaluable reference tool for public servants engaged in administering US and Australian immigration policies.
‘This book is a valuable addition to the literature on contemporary immigration trends in the US and Australia and the role of economic factors in influencing these trends. The various chapters show that economic migrants are affected by, and respond to, changes in labour market conditions, but specific outcomes vary and are also dependent on other (non-economic) factors. Similarly, other factors besides economic conditions determine immigration policies and politics in the two countries. The book’s narratives and empirical analyses of what happened to immigration and immigrants during the financial crisis years of 2008–2009 in the two countries constitute an important record of the two countries’ immigration experience during those years.’
– Siew-Ean Khoo, Journal of Population Research
Contributors: L. Baldassar, F.D. Bean, S.K. Brown, J. Collins, R.G. Cushing, G.P. Freeman, J. Higley, G. Hugo, D.L. Leal, P. Mares, P. Martin, S. Neerup, J. Nieuwenhuysen, S.M. Tendler
Contents:

Foreword

1. Introduction: Immigration in Harder Times
John Higley, John Nieuwenhuysen and Stine Neerup

2. Immigration, Labour Markets and Immigration Reform in the United States
Philip Martin

3. International Migration in Australia and the Global Financial Crisis
Graeme Hugo

4. Latinos, Immigration and the US Recession
David L. Leal

5. Border Control in Australia
Peter Mares

6. Immigrant Cross-generational Incorporation in the United States
Susan K. Brown and Frank D. Bean

7. Second Generation Incorporation and Inclusion in Australia
Loretta Baldassar

8. Immigration Status and Jobs Lost During the US Recession of 2007–09
Robert G. Cushing

9. The Global Financial Crisis, Immigration and Immigrant Unemployment, and Social Inclusion in Australia
Jock Collins

10. Harder Times and Meaner Politics in the US, but Mass Immigration Keeps Rolling Along
Gary P. Freeman and Stuart M. Tendler

11. Migration Politics in Australia During Uncertain Times
Stine Neerup

Bibliography

Index