Transatlantic PerspectivesEdited by Stefanie Chambers, Diana Evans, Anthony M. Messina, and Abigail Fisher Williamson
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