Twenty-First-Century Gateways: Immigrant Incorporation in Suburban America

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As the twentieth century came to a close, the United States experienced an extraordinary transformation of its population. More immigrants, both legal and undocumented, arrived during the decade of the 1990s than in any other decade on record. While immigrants continued to flow into traditional gateways such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, even faster growth occurred in unexpected new locations with no history of immigration —places such as Atlanta, Charlotte, and ...

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Overview

As the twentieth century came to a close, the United States experienced an extraordinary transformation of its population. More immigrants, both legal and undocumented, arrived during the decade of the 1990s than in any other decade on record. While immigrants continued to flow into traditional gateways such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, even faster growth occurred in unexpected new locations with no history of immigration —places such as Atlanta, Charlotte, and Dallas-Ft. Worth.

T wenty-First Century Gateways focuses on the fastest-growing immigrant populations among "second-tier" metropolitan areas including Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Dallas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, and Washington DC. Today one in five immigrants in the United States lives in a twenty-first-century gateway. These metropolitan areas are characterized by post-WWII urban development and growth, recent burgeoning immigrant populations, and predominantly suburban settlement.

Written by an interdisciplinary group of experts, Twenty-First Century Gateways provides in-depth, comparative analysis of immigration trends and local policy responses in America's newest gateways. The case examples explore the challenges of newcomer integration in those gateways, as well as immigration's impact on suburban infrastructure such as housing, transportation, schools, health care, economic development, and public safety.

The changes wrought by these new suburban settlement patterns have remained largely unexamined until now. Yet they have been critically important in reshaping the United States of today and understanding the future of the impact of immigration. The new trends dissected in this important book present a new context for the social, economic, and political incorporation of the newest Americans.

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What People Are Saying

Douglas S. Massey
"In their remarkable new book, Singer, Hardwick, and Brettell reveal the new countours of immigrant adaptation and reception in places with little experience of immigration within living memory. Through nine carefully chosen case studies, Twenty-first Century Gateways offers new insights into the promises and pitfalls of America's diverse, multi-ethnic future."--(Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University)
Mark Ellis
"This important collection documents the growth of foreign-born populations in the suburbs of America's new gateway cities and will be a major contribution to the literature on emerging geographies of immigration."--(Mark Ellis, University of Washington)
Roberto Suro
"This is an essential guidebook to the new geography of the United States, full of rich detail and broad conceptual frameworks that illuminate immigration's impact on cities and suburbs where the foreign-born were a scant presence not long ago."--(Roberto Suro, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815779278
  • Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Series: James A. Johnson Metro Series
  • Pages: 331
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Audrey Singer is a senior fellow in Metropolitan Policy at the Brookings Institution. Susan W. Hardwick is a professor of geography at the University of Oregon and senior research fellow at the Vancouver Metropolis Center. Caroline B. Brettell is the Dedman Family Distinguished Professor in the department of anthropology at Southern Methodist University and Dean ad Interim of Dedman College.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Henry Cisneros     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
The New Metropolitan Geography of Immigration
Twenty-First-Century Gateways: An Introduction   Audrey Singer     3
Toward a Suburban Immigrant Nation   Susan W. Hardwick     31
Emerging Gateways: The Leading Edge of Change
"Big D": Incorporating New Immigrants in a Sunbelt Suburban Metropolis   Caroline B. Brettell     53
Diverging Trajectories: Asian and Latino Immigration in Metropolitan Phoenix   Alex Oberle   Wei Li     87
Unsettled in the Suburbs: Latino Immigration and Ethnic Diversity in Metro Atlanta   Mary E. Odem     105
Edge Gateways: Immigrants, Suburbs, and the Politics of Reception in Metropolitan Washington   Marie Price   Audrey Singer     137
Re-Emerging Gateways: Attracting Immigrants Again
Immigrant Space and Place in Suburban Sacramento   Robin Datel   Dennis Dingemans     171
Impediments to the Integration of Immigrants: A Case Study in the Twin Cities   Katherine Fennelly   Myron Orfield     200
"Placing" the Refugee Diaspora in Suburban Portland, Oregon   Susan W. Hardwick   James E. Meacham     225
Pre-Emerging Gateways: Unexpected Change
Austin: Immigration andTransformation Deep in the Heart of Texas   Emily Skop   Tara Buentello     257
The "Nuevo South": Latino Place Making and Community Building in the Middle-Ring Suburbs of Charlotte   Heather A. Smith   Owen J. Furuseth     281
Afterword: Coming to Terms with Federal and Local Immigration Reform   Audrey Singer   Susan W. Hardwick   Caroline B. Brettell     308
Contributors     319
Index     321

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    A Must-Read for Anyone Interested in Demograhic Changes and Their Impact on Local Communities

    This is a book for policymakers, intellecturals, service providers, businesses, community activists, or anyone interested in learning how America absorbs newcomers in recent years and how the demographic trends are shaping up the social, cultural, and economic fabric of our suburbs.

    The in-depth research on local communities and insightful analysis make this book a great resource.

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