New Faces in New Places
The Changing Geography of American Immigration
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: Russell Sage Foundation
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1. Places and Peoples: The New American Mosaic
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The magnitude and character of recent immigration to the United States, popularly known as the post-1965 wave of immigration, continue to surprise policymakers and many experts. The first surprise was that it happened at all. The 1965 amendments to the Immigration and Nationality...
Part I: Emerging Patterns of Immigrant Settlement
2. The Geographic Diversification of American Immigration
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A salient characteristic of immigration throughout the world is its geographic concentration. Immigrants tend not to disperse randomly throughout destination nations, but to move disproportionately to places where people of the same nationality have already settled. To a large extent, this...
3. The Structure and Dynamics of Mexican Migration to New Destinations in the United States
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During the 1990s Mexican migrants to the United States increasingly spread throughout the country (Johnson 2000; Massey, Durand, and Malone 2002; Passel and Zimmerman 2001; Suro and Passel 2003). Nourished both by international migrants from Mexico and by Mexican-born...
4. Changing Faces, Changing Places: The Emergence of New Nonmetropolitan Immigrant Gateways
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Since 1990, studies have documented the widespread growth of immigrant populations in American communities not known as common destinations in the past. One recent analysis of the changing geography of Mexican immigrants described shifts from traditional destinations in California...
5. New Hispanic Migrant Destinations: A Tale of Two Industries
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In the past decade, scholarly attention has focused on Hispanic population growth and immigration to small towns, cities, and regions that traditionally never experienced post–World War II immigration (Gozdziak and Martin 2005; Millard, Chapa, and Burillo 2005; Zúñiga and Hernández-León...
6. The Origins of Employer Demand for Immigrants in a New Destination: The Salience of Soft Skills in a Volatile Economy
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Recent studies indicate a new geographic dispersion of immigrants to states such as Georgia, Minnesota, and North Carolina; to cities that include Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, and Nashville; and to smaller towns and villages throughout the southern and western regions of the United States...
Part II: Community Reaction to New Immigrant Groups
7. Prejudice Toward Immigrants in the Midwest
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The literature on contemporary immigrant-host relations in the United States has generally focused on large urban areas, yet during the past ten to fifteen years rural communities in many states experienced a large influx of immigrants attracted by job prospects in the food-processing industry...
8. New Midwesterners, New Southerners: Immigration Experiences in Four Rural American Settings
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Since the late 1980s, the midwestern and southern United States have witnessed high levels of immigration from Mexico, Central America, Asia, and Africa; census figures on immigration in some regions display increases of several hundred percent from 1990 to 2000. During the 1990s, research...
9. Hispanic Immigration, Black Population Size, and Intergroup Relations in the Rural and Small-Town South
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American immigration scholars are rapidly gaining interest in “new immigrant destinations”—locales that have little historical experience of post- 1965 immigration but which are now receiving immigrants (Durand, Massey, and Charvet 2000; Massey, Durand, and Parrado 1999; Zúñiga...
10. Nashville’s New “Sonido”: Latino Migration and the Changing Politics of Race
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In 2000, the urban and labor scholar Mike Davis wrote that “even Nashville ha[d] a new sonido” (sound) and was feeling the effects of Latino migration. In a clever rhetorical maneuver, Davis highlighted the ubiquity of Latinos across the United States by calling attention to their presence in the most...
11. The Ambivalent Welcome: Cinco de Mayo and the Symbolic Expression of Local Identity and Ethnic Relations
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On May 5, 2001, the Borough of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, hosted its first annual Cinco de Mayo festival. Hailed as a turning point in local ethnic relations, the Cinco de Mayo was initiated as the first large-scale public event that was hosted by the town’s English-speaking majority on...
12. Race to the Top? The Politics of Immigrant Education in Suburbia
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In 2000, 52 percent of America’s immigrants lived in suburbs (U.S. Census Bureau 2001), up from 48 percent in 1999 (Schmidley and Gibson 1999). Thanks in part to the suburbanization of immigrant populations, the percentage of minorities in suburbs has also increased dramatically. In 2000...
Part III: Conclusion
13. Assimilation in a New Geography
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The foregoing chapters have clearly documented the remarkable transformation of immigration to the United States that began during the 1990s and continued into the early years of the twenty-first century. During this time, immigration shifted from being a regional phenomenon...
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Page Count: 512
Publication Year: 2008