Paper presented at the conference on “Host Societies and Reception of Immigrants: Institutions, Markets and Policies,” Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, May 10–12, 2001. We wish to thank the Russell Sage Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the UJA-Federation of New York and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for their generous support. We also thank Jennifer Holdaway, Michelle Ronda and Aviva Zeltzer-Zubida for their assistance.
Becoming American/Becoming New Yorkers: Immigrant Incorporation in a Majority Minority City†
Article first published online: 23 FEB 2006
International Migration Review
Volume 36, Issue 4, pages 1020–1036, December 2002
How to Cite
Kasinitz, P., Mollenkopf, J. and Waters, M. C. (2002), Becoming American/Becoming New Yorkers: Immigrant Incorporation in a Majority Minority City. International Migration Review, 36: 1020–1036. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-7379.2002.tb00116.x
- Issue published online: 23 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 23 FEB 2006
Many observers have noted that immigrants to the United States are highly concentrated in the largest metropolitan areas of a relatively few states. Though immigrants diffused into many places that had previously seen relatively few immigrants during the 1990s, as of the 2000 census, 77 percent of the nation's 31.1 million foreign born residents still lived in six states — California, New York, Texas, Florida, New Jersey, and Illinois. According to the 2000 census, the two largest metropolitan areas, Los Angeles and New York, accounted for one third of all immigrants (http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2002/demoprofiles.html). While immigrants moved into many new areas during the 1990s, making the challenge of incorporating their children a national issue, their concentration in our largest cities remained pronounced.