Ellis, Mark and Goodwin-White, Jamie
1.5 Generation Internal Migration in the US: Dispersion from States of Immigration? Southampton, UK, Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute, 43pp.
(S3RI Applications & Policy Working Papers, A06/06).
The issue of immigrant spatial concentration and dispersion through migration features in several interrelated debates. Spatial assimilation theory links immigrant relocation away from residential enclaves to socioeconomic gains. Although framed at an intra-urban scale, we suggest that similar assimilation logics infuse thinking on immigrant settlement and mobility at other scales. Additionally, immigrant clustering links to anxieties about the threats posed by non-European origin newcomers. Research on immigrant settlement geography and spatial mobility has so far been restricted to the first generation. This paper investigates the migration behavior of the growing population of adult children of immigrants, specifically the 1.5 generation, seeking to answer the question of whether they will remain in the states in which their parent’s generation settled or move on. It also assesses whether the out-migration response of the 1.5 generation in states of immigrant concentration is similar to that of their parent’s generation or the US-born population.
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