What happens after resettlement in the U.S.? How well do refugees integrate socially, culturally, and economically? What role do refugees and immigrants play in maintaining a robust civic culture in the United States?
In the lead up to the 2016 presidential election, these “New American” voters become increasingly influential both in and outside the ballot box, making their voices heard and mobilizing others as community organizers, advocates, and activists.
Meanwhile, the acceptance of refugees displaced by war in the Middle East has sparked concerns among some elected officials (including presidential candidates) surrounding security and integration in the United States.
Dr. Randy Capps of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) will guide a discussion on the successes and challenges of social, cultural, and economic integration of refugee populations in the United States.
Randy Capps is Director of Research for U.S. Programs at the Migration Policy Institute. His areas of expertise include immigration trends, the unauthorized population, immigrants in the U.S. labor force, the children of immigrants and their well-being, and immigrant health-care and public benefits access and use.
Prior to joining MPI, Dr. Capps was a researcher in the Immigration Studies Program at the Urban Institute (1993-96, and 2000-08).
He received his PhD in sociology from the University of Texas in 1999 and his master of public affairs degree, also from the University of Texas, in 1992.
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