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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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New Immigrants in Urban America

New Immigrants in Urban America

(p.30) Chapter 2 New Immigrants in Urban America
Strangers at the Gates

Roger Waldinger

Jennifer Lee

University of California Press

This chapter reviews the different trends in immigration found in the United States and within the five urban regions that are the focus of the book. The discussion emphasizes the unique settlement patterns that are developed by the immigrants as they start their stay in the country. It then considers the argument that this occurs in the five leading immigrant destinations in the United States, which is due to the fact that the immigrants have become even more regionally concentrated over the past few decades. The discussion then takes a comparative view of immigrants in their regional concentrations, and pinpoints the similarities and differences that are entirely ignored by the literature's focus on change at a national level, or are overlooked by case study work connected to individual places.

Keywords:   trends, immigration, urban regions, settlement patterns, leading immigrant destinations, comparative view

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