Publications [#301047] of Jacob L. Vigdor

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  1. JL Vigdor. From Immigrants to Americans: The Rise and Fall of Fitting In. December, 2009.
    (last updated on 2016/07/04)

    This book evaluates the assimilation of immigrants in the United States between 1850 and 2007, placing contemporary immigrants in historical perspective. It finds that on average, the path toward the American mainstream is traveled more rapidly by modern immigrants than it was by their predecessors a century ago. The average does not tell the whole story, however. Some contemporary groups exhibit extraordinary rates of naturalization and economic progress, while others lag behind to an extent never before witnessed. The lack of legal status is a major impediment to assimilation for many of these groups.

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