September 19, 2019
In an era of “fake news,” it can be difficult to delineate truth from fiction, particularly around hot button political issues like immigration. But what does the data show us about immigration and assimilation in Indiana, particularly in rural areas? Among other important points about educational attainment and labor market impacts, the data shows us that immigration may be the best hope for population stabilization and gain in rural Indiana, and that keeping the second generation (the most economically active demographic group in the country) requires us to create communities that are both socially and culturally supportive of newcomers. Emily Wornell, a rural sociologist and demographer with the Indiana Communities Institute at Ball State, will share an overview of immigration data and trends in Indiana to help communities disentangle myths from reality.
Myths and Facts: The Reality of Immigration in Indiana and Beyond - Dr. Emily Wornell, Ball State University
Thursday, September 19, 2019
She will share state and county-level data about immigrants and assimilation in Indiana and engage audience members in a discussion about the changes they’re observing in their communities.
Dr. Emily Wornell is a research assistant professor in the Indiana Communities Institute at Ball State University working with the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Center for State Policy. As a rural sociologist and demographer, her areas of specialization are inequality and population change in rural communities. Within that, she is interested in immigration and assimilation, the effect of automation-related job loss on families and communities and household livelihood strategies–or the ways that households make ends meet– in rural communities in the Midwest and around the country. Co-sponsored with Casa Amiga, Hanover College Political Science Department and Latinx Student Union.