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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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The Geography of Immigrant Poverty

The Geography of Immigrant Poverty

Selective Evidence of an Immigrant underclass

(p.159) Chapter 5 The Geography of Immigrant Poverty
Strangers at the Gates

William A. V. Clark

University of California Press

This chapter is focused on immigrant poverty and the arrival of an immigrant underclass. It argues that immigrant poverty levels are cause for concern, and the author determines that, overall, immigrants are doing much better than the native-born black population, but worse than the native-born white population. The exceptions to this case are found in Denver, Los Angeles, Houston, and Phoenix. The chapter reveals that the critical factor in escaping poverty is securing employment, which is an overwhelming task when one considers the immigrants' low skills.

Keywords:   immigrant poverty, immigrant underclass, poverty levels, securing employment, low skills

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