Emily Wornell

Ball State University Professor Emily Wornell will discuss immigration and how it affects our families and communities during an address at the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library Auditorium.

“Myths and Facts: The Reality of Immigration in Indiana and Beyond” will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19. The presentation is open to the public, free of charge.

Wornell, a research assistant professor in Ball State’s Indiana Communities Institute, will examine data to show the impact of immigration and assimilation in Indiana, particularly in rural areas. The address will touch on topics such as labor market impacts, population stabilization and gain, and educational attainment. She will share an overview of immigration statistics and trends in Indiana, including county-level data about integration in the state.

Wornell, a rural sociologist and demographer, works with the Center for Business and Economic Research and the Rural Policy Research Institute Center for State Policy. Her areas of specialization include inequality and population change in rural communities with particular interest in immigration and assimilation, effect of automation-related job loss on families and communities, and the ways households make ends meet in rural communities in the Midwest and around the country.

“Myths and Facts: The Reality of Immigration in Indiana and Beyond” is sponsored by Hanover College’s Latino Student Union and the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library.

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