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Old 02-17-2009, 11:06 PM
 
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im too young to understand, so don't make me feel so stupid! =) but why are the big cities in the US such big gateways for immigrants? Besides the Mexicans going into Houston and Los Angeles, and Cubans living in Miami, thats a given. I'm talking about the other immigrants: Chinese, Polish, Dominicans, Italians, Vietnamese, Indians, etc...

They all seem to love New York, Cali, Houston, etc...all top 5 major cities in the US. Even in Vancouver and Toronto. I think Toronto just surpassed Miami as the biggest immigration city in the world i believe.
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Old 02-17-2009, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Washington DC
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Large cities offer more cultural acceptance to newcomers, along with work. New York has been an immigrant city since before the Civil War so nothing is new there. Smaller cities and towns are traditionally less open due to fewer work opportunities and very noticeable changes in cultural identity.
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Old 02-17-2009, 11:36 PM
 
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Large cities offer more cultural acceptance to newcomers, along with work. New York has been an immigrant city since before the Civil War so nothing is new there. Smaller cities and towns are traditionally less open due to fewer work opportunities and very noticeable changes in cultural identity.
Gosh, such an easy answer! Why couldn't I think of that? OR pay attention in history class? LOL
im a math and science kid anyways.
thanks!
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Old 02-18-2009, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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Larger cities like NY have social service organizations and churches that help immigrants relocate to a city that's more suitable for them. I met someone who came here from Poland in the early 1980s (lots of trouble there then) and couldn't speak a word of English. She landed in NYC and the Catholic Church placed her in Syracuse. She has done well and doesn't want to relocate, to anywhere, so I guess it was a good choice.
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:45 AM
 
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Larger cities like NY have social service organizations and churches that help immigrants relocate to a city that's more suitable for them. I met someone who came here from Poland in the early 1980s (lots of trouble there then) and couldn't speak a word of English. She landed in NYC and the Catholic Church placed her in Syracuse. She has done well and doesn't want to relocate, to anywhere, so I guess it was a good choice.
Yup, that is so true. Syracuse also has a small but noticable and growing Vietnamese/SE Asian community that came the same way. Same for many of the Sudanese and other African refugees here too. Certain cities like Minneapolis and Seattle are know for getting immigrants this way as well.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:27 PM
 
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Before the Civil War (and to an extent even after), the Northeast's cities (Philly, NYC, Boston, etc.) contained large factories while everywhere else contained plantations and smaller farms. Immigrants typically were poor coming to the USA and looking for a job. You have to have money to farm (or move waaaaaaay out West [west of the Mississippi River - but this takes money to get to this location]). So, the easy choice was for immigrants to move to cities and work in factories and make what little money they could to live the 'American Dream'.

Since their ancestors moved to cities (especially in the Northeast) at a very large rate compared to elsewhere in the country, maybe immigrants of today think this is still the best bet?

I dunno the real answer, but there's a little history in case anyone was asking lol.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Piedmont, CA/São Paulo, Brazil
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NY
LA
SF
Miami
Chicago

In that order, receive the most immigrants.
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Old 02-18-2009, 04:04 PM
 
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well chicago has the most mexicans behind la and the most puerto ricans behind ny and illinois as as state is in the top 5 for hispanic immigration i think cali ny florida and texas are in front
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Old 02-19-2009, 01:14 PM
 
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probably diversity as WELL as when moving into the country they may not have tons of money and the inner cities tend to be cheaper as well.
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Miami has a large Russian population. Huge Latin Population and its not all Cubans! Aregentinans, Columbians, Venezuelans, Mexicans etc.. I have met someone from just about every country in the Americas in Miami. Miami also has a huge Haitian population and the largest South African population inn the US
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