Migration from Latin America has surged to new destinations in the United States over the past three decades. In lieu of historical destinations such as Chicago, New York, and the American Southwest, Latin Americans have established vibrant communities in locations such as Siler City, North Carolina, Sunnyside, Washington, Dodge City, Kansas, and Greenville, South Carolina. Mixed responses from host societies – from the creation of new human development and advocacy organizations to popular perceptions of criminality – have come along with the emergence and evolution of these communities. As a result, elected leaders at local and state levels have enacted a variety of policies influencing the range of opportunities for Latin American migrants and their children.
Scholars too have taken notice, examining the structural issues driving this flow of people to these new destinations (Weeks & Weeks 2010) and what the consequences have been from this phenomenon (Marrow 2011, Gill 2010, Odem 2009, Smith 2006, Millard and Chapa 2004).
This panel seeks paper proposals investigating current cultural, political, and socioeconomic issues related to these sizable communities through discrete case studies. While not limited to the listed topics, the panel organizers are interested in studies that examine some of the following issues:
Interaction with local state institutions and host societies
Influence on local race and class dynamics
Penetration into local labor markets and economic niches
Immigrant institutions (broadly defined) and organizing the community
Children, integration, and education
Internal dynamics of the Latin American migrant communities
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