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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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Up from Poverty?

Up from Poverty?

“Race,” Immigration, and the Fate of Low-Skilled Workers

(p.80) Chapter 3 Up from Poverty?
Strangers at the Gates

Roger Waldinger

University of California Press

This chapter considers how that immigrants who are not fluent in English and are poorly educated are able to find jobs in the United States. It looks at the broader implications of this situation, and stresses the importance of comparisons that consider gender and nativity status. The discussion determines that immigrants may have ample access to social capital, but their resources are not available to all. It states that even immigrants who benefit from their connections to employers find that those connections work less efficiently in placing them in jobs of adequate quality.

Keywords:   immigrants, poorly educated, gender, nativity status, social capital, connections to employers

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