Helping Young Refugees and Immigrants Succeed: Public Policy, Aid, and Education

Helping Young Refugees and Immigrants Succeed: Public Policy, Aid, and Education

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Helping Young Refugees and Immigrants Succeed: Public Policy, Aid, and Education

It has become a major challenge for the United States' public policy, educational system, and non-governmental aid organizations to help the vast numbers of young immigrants and refugees to have successful lives and careers and to fulfill their potential in their new country. In a unique effort, this book brings together, for the first time, scholarly analyses by eminent researchers of the historical, social, legal, and cultural influences on the young newcomers' lives as well as reports by practitioners in major aid organizations about the concrete work that their organizations have been carrying out.

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ISBN-13: 9780230621961
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 10/18/2010
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables xi

Introduction Gerhard Sonnert Gerald Holton 1

Part I Setting the Stage: The Historical Framework

1 Questions of Success: Lessons from the Last Great Immigration Nancy Foner 9

2 Conceptual Frameworks for Obstacles to Immigrant Advancement: Perceiving Immigrants in the Context of Societal Change Reed Ueda 23

Part II Looking into the Past: Some Lessons from the "Second Wave"

3 Successful Young Refugees from Central Europe-Potential Lessons for Today Gerhard Sonnert Gerald Holton 37

4 The Second Wave and the American-Jewish Community Nathan Glazer 51

5 Helping Young Immigrants/Refugees Become Entrepreneurs Clark Claus Abt 61

Part III Recent and Current Waves of Young Immigrants and Refugees

6 After the Cold War: Comparing Soviet Jewish and Vietnamese Youth in the 1980s to Today's Young Refugees Steven J. Gold 75

7 Second Generation Advantages: Recasting the Debate Mary C. Waters 89

8 The Changing Role of Race and Ethnicity in the Incorporation of Refugees, Immigrants, and their Children Philip Kasinitz 101

9 Young, Gifted, and West African: Transnational Migrants Growing Up in America Marilyn Halter Violet M. Showers Johnson 113

10 Mexican Immigrant Legalization and Naturalization and Children's Economic Well-Being Frank D. Bean Susan K. Brown Mark A. Leach James Bachmeier 129

Part IV Educating Immigrants

11 Schooling Pathways of Newcomer Immigrant Youth Carola Suárez-Orozco Francisco X. Gaytán 151

12 The Importance of Raising Mexican American High School Graduation Rates Joel Perlmann 167

13 Increasing Concrete Knowledge and Community Capacity: How CUNY and other Institutions Can Help Reshape Mexican Educational Futures in New York Robert Smith 177

Part V Institutions Providing Aid to Young Immigrants and Refugees

14 Tapping the Potential of Refugee Youth Robert J. Carey Jane S. Kim

15 Reasons for Living and Hoping: Strangers No Longer Julianne Duncan 209

16 Protection of Refugee and Migrant Children: The Role of Nonprofits Annie Wilson 225

17 A Framework for the Care of Unaccompanied Children Ken Tota 237

Part VI Looking into the Future

18 Home Country Farewell: The Withering of Immigrants' "Transnational" Ties Roger Waldinger 253

19 Is There a Looming Period of Liminality for Race and Ethnicity in the United States? Richard Alba Hui-shien Tsao 267

References 279

Contributors 303

Index 311

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