Global Policy Seminar: January 24 – Fernando Burga on Miami, Immigrant City

The Freeman Center for International Economic Policy sponsors the Global Policy Seminar series every other Tuesday.  The sessions are held from 12:45 to 2:00 pm in the Stassen Room (Room 170) of the Humphrey School.
The next three presentations are: 
January 24 –  Fernando Burga on Miami, Immigrant City
February 7 – Claire Hill on Unleasing the Inner (Good) Bankers
February 21 –  Jane Sumner on Offshore Production's Effect on Attitudes Toward Free Trade
Freeman Center for International Economic Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, presents a Seminar on Global Policy
Professor Fernando Burga
Humphrey School
Miami, Immigrant City: Urban Planning and Cuban-American Empowerment
12:45 - 2:00 pm
Tuesday, January 24
The Stassen Room (Room 170)
Humphrey School, West Bank Campus
Over the past few years immigrant refugee crises have come to the forefront of our public consciousness and emerged as a key factor in determining the democratic future of nation states. Based on a book project under contract by the University of Toronto Press, my presentation delves into how urban planners dealt with the Mariel boatlift. Over the span of six months in 1980 more than 120,000 Cuban refugees, “Marielitos,” emigrated from the port of Mariel in Cuba to South Florida. Following the boatlift Cuban Americans successfully forged a community development apparatus to reframe the stigma of a refugee crisis into a narrative of successful assimilation. Driven by planning data, public housing provisions and public policy discourses, this effort mobilized votes to elect Cuban American politicians. By charting the history of comprehensive planning in Dade County before, during, and after the Mariel boatlift, I argue that city planners and public policymakers must reflect upon their roles as advocates to consider refugee and immigrant settlement as a force that reshapes urban politics and influences planning practice. While the experience of immigrant refugee crises is not foreign to American cities, the Mariel boatlift crisis was pivotal in turning Miami into a paradigmatic immigrant city which adapted urban planning techniques for an immigrant-based agenda, transformed the well-established urban regime with elected immigrant leadership, and marshalled the conservative platform of one of the most successful immigrant model minorities in US society. 
All are welcome!  Refreshments will be served

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