Andrew W. Mellon Lecture in the Humanities
New Migration Challenges for the United States and Europe
Surges in migration to the United States and Germany have rocked domestic politics in both countries in recent years. Whether from Central America, the Middle East, or North Africa, these immigration flows are comprised of individuals motivated by a range of impulses, including the search for economic opportunities, family reunification, and flight from existential threats such as war and violence. This specific kind of migration, and the suddenness with which it occurs, has produced outsized consequences on both sides of the Atlantic. New debates have erupted over policies to deter the misuse of asylum, the role of immigrants in contemporary society, and even longstanding criteria for humanitarian protection. In this talk, Roberto Suro examines the similarities between US and German migration mechanics, the policy challenges they present, and the political responses they have stirred.