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The Geography of Immigrant Poverty

William A. V. Clark

in Strangers at the Gates

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780520230927
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927711 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520230927.003.0005
The Geography of Immigrant Poverty

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This chapter is focused on immigrant poverty and the arrival of an immigrant underclass. It argues that immigrant poverty levels are cause for concern, and the author determines that, overall, immigrants are doing much better than the native-born black population, but worse than the native-born white population. The exceptions to this case are found in Denver, Los Angeles, Houston, and Phoenix. The chapter reveals that the critical factor in escaping poverty is securing employment, which is an overwhelming task when one considers the immigrants' low skills.

Keywords: immigrant poverty; immigrant underclass; poverty levels; securing employment; low skills

Chapter.  7898 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Migration Studies

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