Research Report Immigrant Integration in Low-income Urban Neighborhoods
Improving Economic Prospects and Strengthening Connections for Vulnerable Families
Lynette A. Rawlings, Randolph Capps, Kerstin Gentsch, Karina Fortuny
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The paper explores the financial well-being and economic integration of immigrant groups compared with native-born minorities and whites in vulnerable urban neighborhoods. Among the main findings from the analysis is that immigrants and native minorities in the neighborhoods we examine face similar types of economic difficulties. However, after controlling for citizenship, English proficiency, educational attainment, and having a drivers license and a reliable car, many of the economic disadvantages disappear for immigrant groups, but not for native-born minorities. These findings suggest that even in tough neighborhoods, the potential for economic integration of immigrants is strong.
Research Areas Wealth and financial well-being Families Race and equity Immigrants and immigration Housing
Tags Asset and debts Economic well-being Racial and ethnic disparities Housing markets Immigrant communities demographics and trends Immigrants and the economy Federal, state, and local immigration and integration policy Immigrant communities and racial equity Racial barriers to housing
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center