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Immigrants on Life in America

Immigration is back on the nation's agenda, with President Obama calling for a new attempt at reform next year. But we can't craft an immigration policy that works unless we understand the views of the immigrants themselves.
With our new survey, A Place to Call Home: What Immigrants Say Now About Life In America, Public Agenda set out to see the country through immigrants' eyes. We wanted to find out what brings immigrants here, how well they fare, what challenges they face, and what they think about reform ideas. And since this is a follow-up to a groundbreaking study we did in 2002, we have unique trend data on changes in immigrants' views during a tumultuous period in history.
One thing is clear from our research, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York: The majority of immigrants say they made the right choice and would come here all over again, if they could. Immigrants buy into American society, rating the United States better than their birthplace in almost all dimensions. This sense of having made the right move cuts across all groups.

Selected Web Sites

European Immigrants in the United States : Article by Joseph Russell and Jeanne Batalova, Miigration Policy Institute, July 2012

The Finns in America. This presentation provides information about immigration from Finland to the United States, and about the activities of Finnish-American immigrants in the United States from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Information is contained in a chronology and selected bibliography. Taru Spiegel, European Reading Room, Library of Congress.

Gypsies in the United States (Smithsonian Institution)

Immigration to the United States, 1789-1939 (Harvard University) : A web-based collection of selected historical materials from Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the US from the signing of the Constitution to the onset of the Great Depression.  Includes 1800 books and pamphlets, 9,000 photographs, 200 maps, and 13,000 pages of archival material.

Irish Amerian Heritage Month  (March)

Italian American History and Culture courtesy of the U.S.Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Jewish Historical Society of Michigan. Founded in 1959, the Society sponsors programs, exhibits, and tours that make Jewish history in Michigan a personal adventure for all. The Society's journal, Michigan Jewish History, is the longest continuously published journal of local Jewish history in North America.

Leaving Europe: A new life in America.  This exhibition tells the story of European emigration to the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. The exhibition, jointly curated by the Digital Public Library of America and Europeana, uses photographs, manuscripts, broadsheets, paintings, letters, and other unique materials to chart peoples’ journeys across the European continent and their settlement in the United States. The digital items displayed are from US and European libraries, museums and archives and the accompanying narrative was commissioned specially for the exhibition from US and European experts.

Polish Americans in Michigan. A guide to materials in the Bentley Historical Collection, University of Michigan.

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