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Friday, March 17 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Germany’s Welcome for Refugees – in Context — Ruscio CGL 104

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Liberty and Justice for All?: How Different Constitutional Identities Produce Different Approaches to the Refugee Crisis (Paper)
Chi Ewusi, Carmen Vetter, Erin Simmerock, Maressa Cuenca
This is a four-person panel based off of comparative constitutional research initiated at the University of Giessen (Germany) and Strasburg, France in March 2016. This work was further complimented by the German Law Journal’s Home and Away series from Fall/Winter 2016. The panelists will discuss the histories and rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and Germany’s Basic Law to show how the two countries, despite both being democracies, have fundamentally different identities that influence their responses to immigration and related issues like racism. The panelists will briefly touch upon the Schengen agreement (abolishment of borders in the EU) and how Europe—and America—currently struggle to uphold the ideals of globalism.

Goodbye Lenin, Hello AfD: The Effect of Communism on Individual Attitudes Towards Immigration (Paper)
Matthew Carl
Individuals’ attitudes towards immigration are deeply affected by the socio-political institution of the country in which they reside. Utilizing data from the German Socio-Economic Panel, empirical findings demonstrate that former East Germans are statistically significantly 3.8-percent more likely to be very concerned about immigration in Germany than former West Germans due to residence in the communist regime of former East Germany. Further results indicate that the difference in attitudes converges slightly over time, and that former East Germans born in the communist regime drive the observed difference. Finally, level of trust and concern about crime in Germany are shown to be the most salient channels for differences in attitudes


Friday March 17, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Ruscio CGL 104

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