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Strangers No MoreImmigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe$
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Richard Alba and Nancy Foner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691161075

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691161075.001.0001

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Conclusion: The Changing Face of the West

Conclusion: The Changing Face of the West

(p.221) Chapter 10 Conclusion: The Changing Face of the West
Strangers No More

Richard Alba

Nancy Foner

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the lessons learned from this book's study. This book has analyzed the experiences of immigrants and their children in Europe and North America in the contemporary period, putting heavy emphasis on institutional factors shaping their successes as well as continued difficulties. Yet a consideration of potential remedies calls attention to the fact that the problems that have been discussed are not inevitable or unchangeable. In the years ahead, a wide range of social, economic, and political changes are likely to have positive effects on integration pathways, including: the transformation of population structures; educational and occupational gains made by many children and grandchildren of immigrants who may also live near, work with, and sometimes form families with longer-established natives; and growing political representation of immigrant minorities. Government policies as well as strategies and political struggles by those of immigrant origin themselves also have the potential to ameliorate or reduce difficulties they currently face.

Keywords:   immigrants, second-generation immigrants, integration, population structures, political representation, immigrant minorities, government policies

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