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Esther Arenas-Arroyo

 Esther Arenas-Arroyo


Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2691
Location: Mile End, Bancroft Building, Room 4.23

1st Supervisor: Professor Almudena Sevilla
2nd Supervisor: Dr Maria Koumenta

Project Title: 

"The effect of tougher enforcement immigration laws on mixed citizen families"

Project Description: 

In my research, I study how policy affects immigrants' and natives' outcomes. Over the past decade, the United States has witnessed the toughening of immigration enforcement at both local and state levels. 

Since 2009, more than 1.8 million undocumented immigrants of the estimated total of approximately 12 million have been deported. About 8 per cent of all U.S. children (Passel et al 2014) have at least one parent who is an undocumented immigrant. 

A growing body of literature has documented the positive relationship between children's household income and later health, education and development outcomes (Case et al 2002; Almond and Currie 2011; Bailey and Dynarski 2011; Levine and Zimmerman 2010).  Therefore understanding whether immigrant laws have an effect on children’s economic wellbeing is crucial from a child development perspective. 

I explore whether tougher interior immigration enforcement, by restricting access to resources and raising deportation fears, raises the likelihood of life in poverty of U.S. citizen children with likely unauthorized parents.

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