Struggling over strangers – discovering what contributes to successful immigrant integration and what increases conflict.

Key Publications
Spatial Assimilation and Its Discontents: The Changing Geography of Immigrant Integration in Metropolitan America
By Manuel Pastor (in Handbook of Urban Economics and Planning, edited by Nancy Brooks et al., Oxford University Press, November 2011).Read more
Immigrant Political Incorporation: Comparing Success in the United States and Western Europe
By John Mollenkopf  and Jennifer Hochschild (Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 33, no. 1,  January 2010). This paper explores why the United States incorporates immigrants more seamlessly than Western Europe. The authors find, first, that the history of the U.S. as a beacon for immigrants contributes to public attitudes toward immigrants. Its long history dealing […]Read more
Key Questions

  • How do areas less accustomed to rapid immigration (Charlotte, Phoenix, and San Jose) respond?
  • How does this compare to areas more accustomed to rapid immigration (New York, Chicago, and LA)?
  • How do communities build consensus for how to best integrate immigrants.

Immigration Working Group

  • This risk for conflict grows where the “demographic distance” between the relatively young immigrant population and the relatively old (and white) native-born population is greatest.
  • The level of regional cooperation is low, and suburban jurisdictions often shift the burden of providing immigrant services to organizations in the urban core.