Planning with Unauthorized Immigrant Communities: What Can Cities Do?

Anna J. Kim, Josh M. Levin, Nisha D. Botchwey

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Planners and elected officials may not be familiar with employment or educational barriers faced by immigrants or understand cultural traditions and practices or how to handle the issue of an increase in unauthorized immigrants. We identify policy gaps, a growing body of research on planning for unauthorized immigrant communities, and some emergent best practices for immigrant incorporation. What can the city do, and how are cities limited? What models developed for planning with and for immigrant communities, adapting to immigrant needs, and managing change in cities that have not traditionally had large immigrant populations?

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Planning Literature
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • citizen/public participation
  • community development
  • discrimination
  • gender/race/ethnicity
  • global context of planning
  • neighborhood planning
  • planning practice
  • politics and society


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