APY 199 Immigration Stories

Why do people migrate? What is the difference between an immigrant and a refugee? What factors influence the ways in which individuals and families adjust to their lives in a new place? What is the difference between the experiences of first generation immigrants (those who moved) and their children and grandchildren? In this seminar, we will study these questions by looking at the stories migrants tell about their experiences. We will also look at the types of policies and programs in different countries and cities that are aimed at immigrants. Our focus will be on immigrants and refugees who have settled in the United States and in Western European nations like France, Italy, and Great Britain. Students will have the opportunity to develop research projects on immigration that might include interviewing immigrants, some of whom might be members of their own families.