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Making Los Angeles HomeThe Integration of Mexican Immigrants in the United States$
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Rafael "Alarcon, Luis Escala, Olga Odgers, and Roger Waldinger

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284852

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284852.001.0001

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(p.207) Conclusion
Making Los Angeles Home

Rafael Alarcón

Luis Escala

Olga Odgers

, Dick Cluster
University of California Press

This concluding chapter discusses the main contemporary characteristics of the process of integration of Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles, which must be understood both in relation to the contexts of the immigrants' arrival and in relation to the nature and density of their ties with Mexico. The first finding of this study confirms what has been documented by other authors: since the 1990s, Mexican immigrants have shifted from the circular migration pattern dominant in earlier periods to a process of settlement in the United States. However, the fundamental finding of this research is that there is no single path toward immigrant integration, but rather a multiplicity of strategies that lead to distinct results. Another important finding has been to identify noteworthy differences in the objectives and in the obstacles encountered in the distinct realms of economic, social, cultural, and political integration.

Keywords:   Mexican immigrants, circular migration pattern, settlement, immigrant integration, economic integration, social integration, cultural integration, political integration

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