Geografie 2017, 122, 409-428

How successful is immigrant group integration in the United States and Western Europe? A comparative review and analysis

Richard Alba, Nancy Foner

City University of New York, Graduate Center, Department of Sociology, New York, USA

Received November 2016
Accepted April 2017

This article examines how successful immigrant integration is on the two sides of the Atlantic through a systematic comparison of five countries: four in Western Europe (Britain, France, Germany, and the Netherlands) and the United States. The focus is on low-status immigrant groups, such as Mexicans in the United States and Turks in Western Europe. The comparison reveals that no one country is a clear winner or loser. How successful a country is in integrating immigrants and their children depends on the institutional context or domain being examined. The analysis explores a range of domains: race and religion as well as the labor market, residence, education, mixed unions, and national identities.


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