Minorities and Immigrants–Struggle in the Job Markets

Minorities and Immigrants–Struggle in the Job Markets

The commonly told tale about postindustrial New York is that of two cities, of white elites and minority poor, of advanced services and a crumbling manufacturing base. The conventional explanation for the ills of the minority poor is equally simple: they lack the skills that today’s employers want.

But there is a problem with this story: over a million nonwhite newcomers, often low in skills, rarely speaking English, lacking credentials, are doing reasonably well, particularly in comparison with native blacks and Hispanics.
Indeed, many of the immigrants seem to move quickly into the middle class, or at least its lower reaches. And the explanations for this divergence are not simple at all.

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