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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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Economic Well-being

Economic Well-being

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(p.47) Chapter 3 Economic Well-being
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Strangers No More
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Richard Alba

Nancy Foner

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691161075.003.0003

This chapter looks at the economic situations of the immigrants. They have uprooted themselves in the search for better economic prospects, but profound changes in the economic structures of the rich societies of the West in recent years raise serious doubts about whether their aspirations will be fulfilled and therefore about the starting point for the next generation. The chapter then explores the implications of growing labor market inequality and precarious work for the economic incorporation of immigrants, including rates of labor force participation, unemployment, and risks of poverty. The emphasis is on how immigrants are doing compared to natives in the countries where they live, with the emphasis on low-status immigrants.

Keywords:   economic situations, immigrants, economic structures, labor market inequality, economic incorporation, labor force participation, unemployment, poverty, low-status immigrants

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