Immigrant Experiences

Immigrant Experiences: Why Immigrants Come to the United States and What They Find When They Get Here

“It’s not easy to leave the country in which you were born and raised. It’s home. But sometimes you don’t have much of a choice. You may find yourself forced into the position of a refugee—fleeing the violence of a military invasion, civil war, gang war, or government persecution. Perhaps conditions aren’t quite that dire, but you find yourself in a losing battle to stay above the poverty line in a country where most people are poor; so you take your chances in another nation with more plentiful jobs and higher wages than you can find at home. If you’re one of the luckier migrants of the world, you live a relatively comfortable life in your home country, but want to pursue bigger and better opportunities in a nation that occupies a more privileged place in the global economy. And whether you’re rich or poor, you may simply want to be with family members who have already moved abroad…”

Rowman & Littlefield (August 2018)

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I have worked in various capacities over the past 15 years at the American Immigration Council--a nonprofit in Washington, DC, that is devoted to the advancement of U.S. immigration policies that are both practical and humane. I have a Ph.D. in anthropology from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center.

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