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Old 04-19-2010, 01:36 AM
 
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Not true. They will live any place as long as they can get to work. I know of one rural area that looks as bad as any slum area in Mexico... They are right at home with it I guess.
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Old 04-19-2010, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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I think ethnicity plays a large part in how wide-spread immigrants can be. You do find a lot of hispanic immigrants in rural areas around the border and up the west coast since they don't seem to mind farm & labor jobs (legal or illegal). However, you don't find as many Asian & Middle Eastern immigrants outside of the cities... even if they were farmers in their country of origin. I think a lot of this has to do with how the community culture is in their original country -- most Eastern countries place a much higher emphasis on family and community than we Americans do... so striking out into the boonies without that support network is completely alien to them; conversely, if you get one you tend to get a dozen since they prefer sticking together.

Another thing, which may or may not be valid in all cases, is that rural areas tend to be more insular and immigrants may feel threatened and/or discriminated against since they are an ethnic minority and outsiders. Even if the townsfolk aren't blatant, hostile, prejudiced bigots they can still put out a very "closed" vibe to people who haven't lived there forever. No one really wants to be where they aren't wanted, it's very difficult to survive that way. This is less pronounced with inter-U.S. transplants and caucasian immigrant "Outsiders", but it is still there.
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Old 04-19-2010, 08:31 PM
 
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I think ethnicity plays a large part in how wide-spread immigrants can be. You do find a lot of hispanic immigrants in rural areas around the border and up the west coast since they don't seem to mind farm & labor jobs (legal or illegal). However, you don't find as many Asian & Middle Eastern immigrants outside of the cities... even if they were farmers in their country of origin. I think a lot of this has to do with how the community culture is in their original country -- most Eastern countries place a much higher emphasis on family and community than we Americans do... so striking out into the boonies without that support network is completely alien to them; conversely, if you get one you tend to get a dozen since they prefer sticking together.
I taught in a school district during the 1990's that had recently become majority Hispanic in very, very rural, relatively remote...eastern Oregon. It had very few migrant workers there because it was desert, but circle irrigation and the Columbia River "made the desert bloom"....and brought in many migrants. Middle Tennessee/norther Alabama has seen a boom as well, due to farming as well, with many smaller towns essentially having "Little Mexicos" with many businesses with few if any English signs. We now have several Spanish-language radio stations in the area now...

The times, they are a'changin'...
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:10 PM
 
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Most towns in the south ( Alabama + Arkansas ) that have a large Hispanic population have a poultry processing plant in their town.

It used to be textile mills, but they are closing like dominos falling.
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Old 04-20-2010, 12:43 AM
 
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its jobs. they are flooding into my area ebcause of all the refinery expansion jobs going on. After hurricane Rita was another influx.
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Oregon woods
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People are social creatures. They want to live near others that share their cultures and customs, especially as they are getting used to the USA.
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Old 04-20-2010, 01:00 PM
 
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not really.

Many Hispanics are coming as single men willing to live anywhere in rural USA in order to send a majority of their paycheck home to family in Mexico.

Some of those big dairy farms are in some very rural,remote areas where there are hardly any Hispanics in the closest towns around.
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:20 PM
 
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Immigrants are all over the place, big cities, small towns, rural, urban, you name it. They are on the bus with you, at your church, kids ball game, market, doctors office, and sitting right next to you in the dinner.

The answers your getting are mostly about certain immigransts and not immigrants as a whole. Read the responses and you will see mostly comments based on some skin color or eyes or facial features that tags a person as an immigrant. They may be born and raised americans, but because they don't "look" a certain way, they are labled immigrants. You could also have immigrants from australia or europe standing shoulder to shoulder with some people but they will never be labeled immigrants unless there is somthing that gives them away, otherwise, many will mistakenly assum they are americans.

Can't tell you how many of the people at work joke about how easy it would be for them to remain in the US illegally and never get caught or questioned because they are blond or brown hair, brown or blue eye, average built and "white".
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Where the sun always shines
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And rural states too? Something my friends and I talk about from time to time without ever coming up with a satisfactory answer.

Our basic argument is that the US is a huge country. However, most immigrants settle in a few highly urban states, and most even settle in the urban areas of these states. Why given so many varied places to live do they choose the same one? Back in the day at least a few immigrants lit out for the territories, but now there's hardly any. Any ideas?
B/c back in the day, new immigrants were intered in building up the country. Today's immigrants are interested in a free handout and the best place to find connections on how to juice our social service network is in the big cities.

Plus they blend in better. Immigrants in a rural, less poulated town will probably get made and sent back home.
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Old 04-20-2010, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska (most of the time)
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I'm an immigrant. I live in a rural area (think Alaska).

Of course I'm as white as can be (think pale). But eventhough I mainly disagree with the idea that immigrants stay out of rural areas (which, though, in the degree it's true, happens in every single country in the world, and is a question most often brought up when people discuss immigration in his/her country of origin) one other reason might be that maybe, immigrants that do not look like or talk like the general population in a rural area (in any country) might feel a bit at unease.

That's normally the reason. Or one among many.
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