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Strangers at the GatesNew Immigrants in Urban America$
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Roger Waldinger

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230927

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230927.001.0001

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Strangers at the Gates

Strangers at the Gates

(p.1) Chapter 1 Strangers at the Gates
Strangers at the Gates

Roger Waldinger

University of California Press

This chapter introduces readers to immigration, specifically immigration in the United States. It identifies the premier immigrant destinations in the country, which are New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami. The chapter stresses that each of these top immigrant destinations represents a continuing enterprise. It discusses the main goals and aims of the book, and examines the nexus between urban fates and immigrant destinies. The chapter studies immigration and the urban condition, introduces the concept of assimilation and ethnic persistence, and looks at the emergence of the second generation. It ends with an outline of the next chapters.

Keywords:   immigration, United States, immigrant destinations, urban fates, urban condition, assimilation, second generation, ethnic persistence

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