Since 1991, the Foundation’s Immigration program has looked beyond the immediate costs and benefits of immigration to the United States to examine how well immigrants and their children are adapting socially, politically, and economically. To assess the long-range progress of today’s immigrants, the program sponsored three large-scale surveys of second-generation immigrants to address a series of questions, including English proficiency, job history, and marriage patterns. Currently, the program has turned to two new areas of research: one on the entry of immigrants into the civic and political life of the nation, and another exploring how immigrants fare as they settle in new destinations outside traditional gateway cities.
This group examines the cultural frictions and ethnic and racial realignments that have resulted from the rapid growth and dispersion of the foreign born population in the United States at a time of high economic uncertainty and political polarization about immigration.
Nathan Nunn, Nancy Qian, and Sandra Sequeira
Economists Nathan Nunn, Nancy Qian and Sandra Sequeira will study the very long-run impacts of immigration, exploring how immigrant outcomes today are connected to patterns of immigration in the nineteenth and twentieth century.
Are Barrios Good or Bad? The Effects of Metropolitan Area Segregation On Hispanic Access to Opportunity
Jointly funded with the MacArthur Foundation
The Hispanic population has grown significantly, from eight million in 1970 to more than 45 million in 2010, making Hispanics the largest minority group in the U.S. [...]
The sheer size of the immigrant population in America, as well as its diversity by national origin, education, and socioeconomic status, duration of residence in the United States, geographic location, and cultural attributes (including language), complicates and often confounds efforts to reach national consensus about the progress of immigrants in American society and their impact on American institutions. Popular attitudes towards immigrants among native-born Americans are conflicted. [...]