Migrant Protection and the City in the Americas

Laurent Faret and Hilary Sanders (dir.), Palgrave MacMillan, 2021

This book aims to establish a dialogue around the various “urban sanctuary” policies and other formal or informal practices of hospitality toward migrants that have emerged or been strengthened in cities in the Americas in the last decade. The authors articulate local governance initiatives in migrant protection with a larger range of social and political actors and places them within a broader context of migrations in the Western Hemisphere (including case studies of Toronto, New York, Austin, Mexico City, and Lima, among others). The book analyzes in particular the limits of local efforts to protect migrants and to identify the latitude of action at the disposal of local actors. It examines the efforts of municipal governments and also considers the role taken by cities from a larger perspective, including the actions of immigrant rights associations, churches, NGOs, and other actors in protecting vulnerable migrants.

Laurent Faret is Professor of Geography at the University of Paris Diderot, France, and Researcher at the Center for Social Studies of Africa, the Americas, and Asia (CESSMA).

Hilary Sanders is Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France.


1. Introduction
Laurent Faret & Hilary Sanders

Part 1

2. Tucson, Arizona : The Politics of Immigration-Welcoming Policy in a Near-Border City
James Cohen

3. From “Safety Zone” to “Welcoming City” : Austin, Texas as an Unfinished Urban Sanctuary
Rocio A. Castillo

4. A Ship Without a Captain : Political Disengagement and the Failings of Sanctuary City Policy in Toronto, Canada
Graham Hudson

5. “A Responsible and Committed City” : Montréal’s Sanctuary Policy
Idil Atak

6. New Pathways to Sanctuary in New York City
Hilary Sanders

Part 2

7. Sello Migrante or Restrictive Hospitality : The Case of the Commune of Quilicura in Santiago de Chile
Claudia Arellano Yévenes & Cristián Orrego Rivera

8. Has Mexico City Truly Become a Ciudad hospitalaria ? Insights from the Experience of Central American Migrants
Laurent Faret

9. Hostility, Humanitarianism, and Radical Solidarity with Migrants in Tijuana, Mexico
M. Dolores París Pombo & Verónica Montes

10. A Sanctuary City ? San Jose’s Immigrant Reception and Social Integration Policies
Abelardo Morales-Gamboa

11. Lima as a Welcoming City for Venezuelan Migrants ? Transformations, Tensions, and Challenges in a New Urban Destination
Isabel Berganza Setién & Cécile Blouin

12. Conclusion
Laurent Faret & Hilary Sanders