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New York and AmsterdamImmigration and the New Urban Landscape$
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Nancy Foner, Jan Rath, Jan Willem Duyvendak, and Rogier van Reekum

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814738092

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814738092.001.0001

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Immigrants in New York City’s Economy

Immigrants in New York City’s Economy

A Portrait in Full Living Color

(p.89) 3 Immigrants in New York City’s Economy
New York and Amsterdam

David Dyssegaard Kallick

NYU Press

This chapter examines how immigrants are faring in New York City's economy. First, it compares immigrants to U.S.-born New Yorkers—the broadest gauge of how well immigrants are fitting into the city's economy. It shows the extent to which immigrants are employed and concentrated in certain jobs, how income in immigrant families compares to that of U.S.-born families, and whether immigrants are as likely as U.S.-born families to be union members or to own homes. It then looks into the most salient racial and ethnic categories in New York: white, black, Latino, and Asian. Overall, immigrants are doing somewhat less well than U.S.-born New Yorkers on a number of individual measures such as wages benefits and occupational status. To a significant extent, immigrants make up for these differences by having more family members working. This can be both positive and negative—it can provide a base for a better standard of living and home ownership, on the one hand, but can also be associated with overcrowded housing and a struggle to eke out a living on two or more low-wage jobs, on the other.

Keywords:   New York City, immigrants, U.S.-born workers, immigrant status, economic status, employment, income

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