Local governance of immigrant incorporation: how city-based organizational fields shape the cases of undocumented youth in New York City and Paris

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City-based organizations and governments play an important role in incorporating undocumented immigrant youth. This article investigates how localities socio-politically incorporate these immigrants by examining the governance constellations and institutional logics of the organizational field that manages undocumented youth. Comparing sets of municipal and civil society organizations in different national settings, I use the two cases of New York City and Paris to ask how the ‘city-based organizational field of immigrant incorporation’ shapes citizenship experiences of undocumented youth. Data come from multi-level longitudinal ethnography over 8 years with two dozen undocumented youth and with organizations in each city as well as interviews with immigrant organization staff and other governance actors in New York and Paris. Organizational field dynamics in Paris provide a stronger possibility of citizenship and rights acquisition, evidence of socio-political incorporation. In contrast, New York’s robust and flexible labor market and ethnic and immigrant legitimacy offer its undocumented youth a marginalized socio-political incorporation. These findings support practice-based understandings of local governance of incorporation of undocumented youth.

Original languageEnglish
Article number32
JournalComparative Migration Studies
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2018

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immigrant
governance
Ethnography
citizenship
Locality
immigrant organization
Logic
civil society
labor market
ethnography
incorporation
city
youth
Local governance
Immigrants
Organizational field
legitimacy
staff
interview

Keywords

  • Civil society
  • Immigrant incorporation
  • Immigration
  • Organizational field
  • Undocumented youth

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