Residential Integration in the New Frontier: Immigrant Segregation in Established, New, and Nongateway Destinations

Matthew Hall, University of Illinois at Chicago

This paper uses data from the 2000 Census and the 2005-2009 American Community Survey to explore patterns, changes, and determinants of immigrant group segregation in established, new, and non-gateway destinations. Preliminary results indicate that before controls for group- and metropolitan-level characteristics, immigrants in new destinations are slightly less segregated and immigrants in non-gateways considerably more segregation than their counterparts in established metros. With controls for group acculturation and socioeconomic resources, and structural features of metro areas, immigrants in both new and non-gateway destinations are significantly more segregated from white natives than are immigrants in established areas. The implications of these results for the prospects of residential incorporation in new areas is discussed.

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Presented in Session 7: Immigrant Destinations: Issues and Impacts