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 will examine the questions stemming from this reality using a cross-disciplinary perspective. A primary goal of the group is to find ways in which members from different social science research traditions may complement one another in productive ways.
"Assimilation," a protean concept with an American pedigree and a checkered past, is back in vogue. But in academic and colloquial usage, in social science, public policy and popular culture, the idea and the ideal of “assimilation” have had a bumpy history. [...]
Arizona’s unauthorized immigrant population shrank after employers were required to verify workers' legal status with the federal E-Verify system. The 2007 law also pushed a substantial number of unauthorized immigrants into self-employment. [...]
The study examines the relationship between immigrant parents and schools, focusing on what schools are doing to communicate with and engage immigrant parents and how immigrant parents are involved in their children’s education and schooling. This report is based on survey data from Latino and Asian parents in three New York communities: Washington Heights, University Heights, and Chinatown. [...]