Lunchtime Lectures

Give Us Your Energetic, Your Wealthy: Immigration Policy in Early Modern England and Contemporary Western Societies

  • Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
  • Time: 12:45 p.m.–1:45 p.m.
  • Location: Boardroom (W204)
  • Lunch: Will be provided for free.
  • Registration: Please click here.

Lloyd BonfieldIn the United States, the focus of the debate over immigration frequently centers on whether to prohibit the admission of the poor and the politically oppressed or grant them some form of legal status such as residency and citizenship. However, other governments around the world are competing with one another to attract the wealthy and the skilled by implementing immigration policies that allow individuals to buy their way into a path to residence and/or citizenship.

In his lunch lecture, Lloyd Bonfield, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for International Law at New York Law School, will focus on an English immigration act (passed in 1709) that was also calibrated to attract skilled workers. The debate over its passage hints at long-term continuities in the controversy over whom should be invited to cross borders.