Immigrant Families in Contemporary Society

Author: Jennifer E. Lansford
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 9781606232477
Release Date: 2009-01-16
Genre: Psychology

How do some families successfully negotiate the linguistic, cultural, and psychological challenges of immigration, while others struggle to acculturate? This timely volume explores the complexities of immigrant family life in North America and analyzes the individual and contextual factors that influence health and well-being. Synthesizing cutting-edge research from a range of disciplines, the book addresses such key topics as child development, school achievement, and the cultural and religious contexts of parenting. It examines the interface between families and broader systems, including schools, social services, and intervention programs, and discusses how practices and policies might be improved to produce optimal outcomes for this large and diverse population.

Immigrant Families

Author: Cecilia Menjívar
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780745696744
Release Date: 2016-09-12
Genre: Social Science

Immigrant Families aims to capture the richness, complexity, and diversity that characterize contemporary immigrant families in the United States. In doing so, it reaffirms that the vast majority of people do not migrate as isolated individuals, but are members of families. There is no quintessential immigrant experience, as immigrants and their families arrive with different levels of economic, social, and cultural resources, and must navigate various social structures that shape how they fare. Immigrant Families highlights the hierarchies and inequities between and within immigrant families created by key axes of inequality such as legal status, social class, gender, and generation. Drawing on ethnographic, demographic, and historical scholarship, the authors highlight the transnational context in which many contemporary immigrant families live, exploring how families navigate care, resources, expectations, and aspirations across borders. Ultimately, the book analyzes how dynamics at the individual, family, and community levels shape the life chances and wellbeing of immigrants and their families. As the United States turns its attention to immigration as a critical social issue, Immigrant Families encourages students, scholars, and policy makers to center family in their discussions, thereby prioritizing the human and relational element of human mobility.

Der lange Weg zum Wasser

Author: Linda Sue Park
Publisher: arsEdition
ISBN: 9783845815541
Release Date: 2016-01-12
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Nyas Aufgabe ist es, für ihre Familie Wasser bei der Wasserstelle zu holen. Sie läuft dafür acht Stunden. Jeden Tag. Salva flieht aus seinem vom Krieg zerstörten Dorf. Er läuft quer durch Afrika, auf der Suche nach einem sicheren Ort, an dem er bleiben kann, und nach seiner verschollenen Familie. Zwei fesselnde Stimmen erzählen von Not und Vertreibung – aber auch von Hoffnung und Zukunft in einer Welt, in der sich unerwartete Chancen für die auftun, die nicht aufhören, an das Gute zu glauben. Der Roman basiert auf einer wahren Geschichte.

Collisions and Continuities

Author: Hanna Ragnarsdóttir
Publisher: VDM Publishing
ISBN: 3639072596
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Social Science

Icelandic society has seen considerable demographic changes during the last decade with growing numbers of immigrant families settling in the country. This has created a challenge to the Icelandic educational system, demanding improvement to meet the ethnic diversity of students at all school levels. This book presents a study of ten immigrant families, with particular emphasis on the children and their schooling during their first years in Iceland. The main significance of the study is its close analysis of individual experiences during the processes of immigration and adjustment to a new society and school community. The main conclusions of the study reveal insufficient school conditions of many of the immigrant children and discontinuities between some of the homes and schools. A reform agenda is needed at all school levels in Iceland to respond to the new multicultural reality and to prevent the segregation of immigrant children. The book should be useful to researchers within the fields of education, sociology, anthropology and multicultural studies as well as practitioners, such as teachers, school leaders and policy makers.

Shadowed Lives Undocumented Immigrants in American Society

Author: Leo R. Chavez
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781133588450
Release Date: 2012-03-12
Genre: Social Science

One of the few case studies of undocumented immigrants available, this insightful anthropological analysis humanizes a group of people too often reduced to statistics and stereotypes. The hardships of Hispanic migration are conveyed in the immigrants' own voices while the author's voice raises questions about power, stereotypes, settlement, and incorporation into American society. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Immigrants and Welfare

Author: Michael E. Fix
Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
ISBN: 9781610446228
Release Date: 2009-11-25
Genre: Social Science

The lore of the immigrant who comes to the United States to take advantage of our welfare system has a long history in America's collective mythology, but it has little basis in fact. The so-called problem of immigrants on the dole was nonetheless a major concern of the 1996 welfare reform law, the impact of which is still playing out today. While legal immigrants continue to pay taxes and are eligible for the draft, welfare reform has severely limited their access to government supports in times of crisis. Edited by Michael Fix, Immigrants and Welfare rigorously assesses the welfare reform law, questions whether its immigrant provisions were ever really necessary, and examines its impact on legal immigrants' ability to integrate into American society. Immigrants and Welfare draws on fields from demography and law to developmental psychology. The first part of the volume probes the politics behind the welfare reform law, its legal underpinnings, and what it may mean for integration policy. Contributor Ron Haskins makes a case for welfare reform's ultimate success but cautions that excluding noncitizen children (future workers) from benefits today will inevitably have serious repercussions for the American economy down the road. Michael Wishnie describes the implications of the law for equal protection of immigrants under the U.S. Constitution. The second part of the book focuses on empirical research regarding immigrants' propensity to use benefits before the law passed, and immigrants' use and hardship levels afterwards. Jennifer Van Hook and Frank Bean analyze immigrants' benefit use before the law was passed in order to address the contested sociological theories that immigrants are inclined to welfare use and that it slows their assimilation. Randy Capps, Michael Fix, and Everett Henderson track trends before and after welfare reform in legal immigrants' use of the major federal benefit programs affected by the law. Leighton Ku looks specifically at trends in food stamps and Medicaid use among noncitizen children and adults and documents the declining health insurance coverage of noncitizen parents and children. Finally, Ariel Kalil and Danielle Crosby use longitudinal data from Chicago to examine the health of children in immigrant families that left welfare. Even though few states took the federal government's invitation with the 1996 welfare reform law to completely freeze legal immigrants out of the social safety net, many of the law's most far-reaching provisions remain in place and have significant implications for immigrants. Immigrants and Welfare takes a balanced look at the politics and history of immigrant access to safety-net supports and the ongoing impacts of welfare. Copublished with the Migration Policy Institute

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration The new immigrant in American society

Author: Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 0815337043
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Social Science

this collection provides an invaluable resource for students and researchers in a wide range of fields, including contemporary American history, public policy, education, sociology, political science, demographics, immigration law, ESL, linguistics, and more.

A Nation of Immigrants Reconsidered

Author: Maddalena Marinari
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252050954
Release Date: 2018-12-30
Genre: Social Science

Scholars, journalists, and policymakers have long argued that the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act dramatically reshaped the demographic composition of the United States. In A Nation of Immigrants Reconsidered, leading scholars of immigration explore how the political and ideological struggles of the so-called "age of restriction"--from 1924 to 1965--paved the way for the changes to come. The essays examine how geopolitics, civil rights, perceptions of America's role as a humanitarian sanctuary, and economic priorities led government officials to facilitate the entrance of specific immigrant groups, thereby establishing the legal precedents for future policies. Eye-opening articles discuss Japanese war brides and changing views of miscegenation, the recruitment of former Nazi scientists, a temporary workers program with Japanese immigrants, the emotional separation of Mexican immigrant families, Puerto Rican youth's efforts to claim an American identity, and the restaurant raids of conscripted Chinese sailors during World War II. Contributors: Eiichiro Azuma, David Cook-Martín, David FitzGerald, Monique Laney, Heather Lee, Kathleen López, Laura Madokoro, Ronald L. Mize, Arissa H. Oh, Ana Elizabeth Rosas, Lorrin Thomas, Ruth Ellen Wasem, and Elliott Young.

Flucht im Mondlicht

Author: N. H. Senzai
Publisher:
ISBN: 3570222977
Release Date: 2011
Genre:

Fadis Familie träumt von einem neuen Leben in Kalifornien. Doch die Flucht aus Afghanistan wird zum Albtraum: Im Tumult des Aufbruchs geht Fadis kleine Schwester Mariam verloren - und die Familie hat keine Chance mehr umzukehren ... Von nun an hegt Fadi nur noch einen Gedanken: Er muss Mariam wiederfinden! Als ein Fotowettbewerb ausgeschrieben wird, sieht Fadi die Chance, in seine alte Heimat zurückzukehren. Doch kann ein einziges Foto Mariam tatsächlich retten? N.H. Senzai ist mit zwei Sprachen und zwei Kulturen aufgewachsen. Als Kind lebte sie in San Francisco und Jubail/Saudi-Arabien, zur Highschool ging sie in London. Heute lebt N.H. Senzai mit ihrer Familie in San Francisco. "Flucht im Mondlicht" ist ihr Debütroman, der auf Erlebnissen ihres Ehemanns bei der Flucht seiner Familie aus Afghanistan (1970) basiert.

The Integration of Immigrants into American Society

Author: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 9780309373982
Release Date: 2016-04-17
Genre: Social Science

The United States prides itself on being a nation of immigrants, and the country has a long history of successfully absorbing people from across the globe. The integration of immigrants and their children contributes to our economic vitality and our vibrant and ever changing culture. We have offered opportunities to immigrants and their children to better themselves and to be fully incorporated into our society and in exchange immigrants have become Americans - embracing an American identity and citizenship, protecting our country through service in our military, fostering technological innovation, harvesting its crops, and enriching everything from the nation's cuisine to its universities, music, and art. Today, the 41 million immigrants in the United States represent 13.1 percent of the U.S. population. The U.S.-born children of immigrants, the second generation, represent another 37.1 million people, or 12 percent of the population. Thus, together the first and second generations account for one out of four members of the U.S. population. Whether they are successfully integrating is therefore a pressing and important question. Are new immigrants and their children being well integrated into American society, within and across generations? Do current policies and practices facilitate their integration? How is American society being transformed by the millions of immigrants who have arrived in recent decades? To answer these questions, this new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine summarizes what we know about how immigrants and their descendants are integrating into American society in a range of areas such as education, occupations, health, and language.

Immigration and Population

Author: Stephanie A. Bohon
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780745689005
Release Date: 2015-03-05
Genre: Social Science

Immigration is the primary cause of population change in developed countries and a major component of population change in many developing countries. This clear and perceptive text discusses how immigration impacts population size, composition, and distribution. The authors address major socio-political issues of immigration through the lens of demography, bringing demographic insights to bear on a number of pressing questions currently discussed in the media, such as: Does immigration stimulate the economy? Do immigrants put an excessive strain on health care systems? How does the racial and ethnic composition of immigrants challenge what it means to be American (or French or German)? By systematically exploring demographic topics such as fertility, health, education, and age and sex structures, the book provides students of immigration with a broader understanding of the impact of immigration on populations and offers new ways to think about immigration and society.

Das M dchen das Perlen l chelte

Author: Clemantine Wamariya
Publisher: Droemer eBook
ISBN: 9783426443903
Release Date: 2018-09-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Als Kind entkommt die Menschrechtsaktivistin Clemantine Wamariya dem Völkermord in Ruanda. Sie erhält Asyl in den USA, hält heute Vorträge und setzt sich für Benachteiligte und Aufbauhilfe in Afrika ein. Eine inspirierende Lebensgeschichte, außergewöhnlich berührend erzählt. Menschenrechtsaktivistin und Yale-Absolventin Clemantine Wamariya setzt sich weltweit für Benachteiligte ein, hält Vorträge und TEDTalks und wurde von Barack Obama ans U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum berufen. Auf den ersten Blick ist ihr Leben eine Erfolgsgeschichte, doch in Wahrheit kämpft sie jeden Tag darum, ihre zerbrochene Welt wieder zu kitten. Als Sechsjährige musste sie an der Seite ihrer Schwester vor dem Völkermord in Ruanda fliehen. Sechs Jahre dauerte ihre Odyssee und führt sie durch insgesamt sieben afrikanische Länder. Im Flüchtlingscamp in Malawi, im Slum in Sambia, im Trubel des südafrikanischen Durbans überleben die Mädchen mit Ideenreichtum und der festen Absicht, ihr Schicksal nicht einfach hinzunehmen. Mit dreizehn erhält Clemantine die Chance auf ein zweites Leben: In den USA bietet man ihr Asyl, Schulbildung und jeglichen Überfluss der westlichen Welt. Sie nutzt diese Chance auf einen Neubeginn und beginnt, ihre Lebensgeschichte neu zu schreiben, Tag für Tag ein kleines bisschen. Mit beeindruckender sprachlicher Kraft erzählt sie, wie es ihr gelang, dem Genozid zu entkommen und sich auf ihre größte Stärke zu besinnen: die Macht ihrer Vorstellungskraft und der Geschichten, durch die sie überlebte.