*We acknowledge with appreciation the helpful comments from three anonymous reviewers, the editor of The Professional Geographer, and audience members of presentations at meetings of the Western Regional Science Association, Association of American Geographers, and Population Association of America. We also thank Loren Bussert and Gayle Smith, Office of Refugee Resettlement, for providing data used in this research and, for cartographic assistance, Robert E. Forrest of Nationwide Insurance.
Immigrant Profiles of U.S. Urban Areas and Agents of Resettlement*
Article first published online: 2 FEB 2007
The Professional Geographer
Volume 59, Issue 1, pages 56–73, February 2007
How to Cite
Brown, L. A., Mott, T. E. and Malecki, E. J. (2007), Immigrant Profiles of U.S. Urban Areas and Agents of Resettlement. The Professional Geographer, 59: 56–73. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9272.2007.00591.x
- Issue published online: 2 FEB 2007
- Article first published online: 2 FEB 2007
- Initial submission, April 2005; revised submissions, November 2005 and April 2006; final acceptance, July 2006.
- resettlement programs;
- urban systems;
- United States
This article targets the role of intermediaries, such as refugee resettlement programs, in altering the geography of the foreign-born. It argues that, under such intermediaries, destination choice within the United States is largely determined not by economic mechanisms but instead by information-related factors such as friction of distance, migration chains, labor procurement, and resettlement intermediaries. Metropolitan statistical area (MSA) destinations are grouped into four profiles based on their mix of foreign-born. The result is sets of MSAs differentiated by the era of immigration, immigrant origins, geographic pattern, and place characteristics that draw migrants. To evaluate intermediary impacts, monies allocated to states by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, refugee resettlement by state, and refugee movements to MSAs are expressed as a Refugee Resettlement Index and linked to MSA profiles. We conclude that although refugees constitute only a portion of total immigration, their effects are disproportionately large in terms of changing the foreign-born profiles of MSAs and other communities, changing the fabric of society, and changing the geography of the foreign-born in all its ramifications.