The Politics of New Immigrant Destinations

Transatlantic Perspectives

Edited by Stefanie Chambers, Diana Evans, Anthony M. Messina, and Abigail Fisher Williamson
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382 pages
6 x 9
47 tables, 14 line drawings, 2 maps

Examining the challenges posed by the proliferation of cultural, ethnic, and/or religious diversity in new destinations for immigrants in Europe and the United States

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Migration to new destinations in Europe and the United States has expanded dramatically over the past few decades. Within these destinations, there is a corresponding greater variety of ethnic, cultural, and/or religious diversity. This timely volume, The Politics of New Immigrant Destinations, considers the challenges posed by this proliferation of diversity for governments, majority populations, and immigrants.

The contributors assess the effectiveness of the policy and political responses that have been spawned by increasing diversity in four types of new immigrant destinations: “intermediate” destination countries—Ireland and Italy; culturally distinct regions experiencing new migration such as Catalonia in Spain or the American South; new destinations within traditional destination countries like the state of Utah and rural towns in England; and “early migration cycle” countries including Latvia and Poland.

The Politics of New Immigrant Destinations examines how these new destinations for immigrants compare to traditional destinations, with respect to their policy responses and success at integrating immigrants, offering perspectives from both immigrants and natives.

Contributors include: Dace Akule, Amado Alarcón, Rhys Andrews, Francesca Campomori, Tiziana Caponio, Scott Decker, Erica Dobbs, Melissa M. Goldsmith, Claudio A. Holzner, Aleksandra Kazłowska, Magdalena Lesińska, Paul G. Lewis, Helen B. Marrow, Melissa Marschall, Laura Morales, Katia Pilati, Doris Marie Provine, Monica W. Varsanyi, and the editors


"The Politics of New Immigrant Destinations is a seminal book that charts hitherto underexplored territory. Its added value rests on three solid foundations: a relevant and novel subject matter, a carefully selected sample of transatlantic case studies, and a vigorous effort at conceptualization and typology building, insufflated with theoretical ambition. It discusses highly pertinent questions: How do new locales react to the diversity brought about by recent immigration? Do new destinations differ from traditional destinations in terms of their capacity to integrate newcomers? What are the degrees of novelty that can be identified in the new diversity? And do new destinations follow traditional paths in the integration of newcomers? The persuasive answers the book suggests are distilled from the evidence provided by a large, variegated sample of countries, regions, and cities at both sides of the Atlantic bundled together by the recent experience of migration and diversity. This book makes an important contribution to the migration literature."
Joaquín Arango, Professor of Sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid and Director, Center for the Study of Migration and Citizenship, Ortega y Gasset Research Institute

" (It is) relevant to anyone studying the role of scale in ‘local’ over ‘national’ immigrant integration policy... (It) largely succeeds in its stated aim of comprehensively examining and comparing responses to immigrant integration at varying scales and in a fresh and novel variety of locations and contexts."
The Sociological Review

"(A) carefully curated volume on transatlantic new immigrant destinations. It makes a necessary and timely contribution to the literature on immigrant incorporation and seeks to examine the factors that condition successful immigrant incorporation in both the United States and Europe.... (T)he editors do an excellent job of providing both theoretical and political context for the chapters in this volume, but the chapters themselves are fascinating case studies of immigration settlement that, in many cases, are not only likely to be new empirical areas of inquiry to most readers but provide important comparative context for understanding the dimensions of variation in newly diverse transatlantic destinations."
— Contemporary Sociology

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction: Dimensions of Variation in Newly Diverse Transatlantic Destinations - Anthony M. Messina and Abigail Fisher Williamson

I. New Destination Countries
1. Bureaucrats and the Ballot Box: State-Led Political Incorporation in Ireland - Erica Dobbs
2. Immigrant Integration Policy Frames in Italy: A Multilevel Governance Perspective - Tiziana Caponio and Francesca Campomori

II. Regions with Distinctive Histories of Cultural Diversity
3. Migrations, Language, and Social Mobility in Catalonia - Amado Alarcón
4. The Difference a Decade of Enforcement Makes: Hispanic Racial Incorporation and Changing Intergroup Relations in the American South’s Black Belt (2003–2016) - Helen B. Marrow

II.I New Destination Locales within Traditional Destination Countries
5. The Politics of Place: The Impact of Local Contexts in Immigrant Voting - Claudio A. Holzner and Melissa M. Goldsmith
6. Religious Communities, Immigration, and Social Cohesion in Rural Areas: Evidence from England - Rhys Andrews

IV. Early Migration Cycle Countries
7. The Challenges of Immigrant Incorporation in the Context of Multiple Transition Processes: The Case of Poland - Aleksandra Kazłowska and Magdalena Lesińska
8. Political Participation of Migrants in Latvia: Lessons Learned? - Dace Akule

V. New Destinations in Comparative Perspective
9. Immigration and Policing Practices in New Destinations - Monica W. Varsanyi, Paul G. Lewis, Doris Marie Provine, and Scott Decker
10. Immigrant Incorporation in Local Schools: Policy and Practices in New versus Established Destinations - Melissa Marschall
11. Civic and Political Engagement by Immigrant-Background Minorities in Traditional and New Destination European Cities - Katia Pilati and Laura Morales
Conclusion: Emerging Commonalities across New and Traditional Transatlantic Destinations 632; Stefanie Chambers, Diana Evans, and Abigail Fisher Williamson


About the Author(s)

Stefanie Chambers is Professor of Political Science at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She is the author of Mayors and Schools: Minority Voices and Democratic Tensions in Urban Education and Somalis in Twin Cities and Columbus: Immigrant Incorporation in New Destinations (both Temple).

Diana Evans is a Professor of Political Science at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She is the author of Greasing the Wheels: Using Pork Barrel Projects to Build Majority Coalitions in Congress.

Anthony M. Messina is John R. Reitemeyer Professor of Political Science at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He is the author of Race and Party Competition in Britain and The Logics and Politics of Post-WWII Migration to Western Europe and the editor or co-editor of five volumes.

Abigail Fisher Williamson is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Law at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.