ERIC Number: ED478102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Governing Greater Boston: Meeting the Needs of the Region's People.
Euchner, Charles C., Ed.
This paper asserts that if a single theme prevails in the story of Greater Boston's new immigration, it is diversity. No single group dominates in metro Boston. Diversity in country of origin is compounded by differences in ethnicity, socioeconomic background, legal status, and language. Issues of particular salience to immigrant communities include linguistic barriers in understanding and communication; cultural differences pitting the practices of the homeland against "American" ones; differences in look, dress or behavior (including religious differences) that might generate suspicion or discriminatory behavior; and the obstacles faced by non-citizens as a result of their legal status. The paper focuses on understanding the new face of Greater Boston (kinds of immigrants, such as undocumented migrants, lawful temporary residents, refugees, asylees, parolees, and lawful permanent residents; and race, ethnicity, national origin, and language); policy actors (federal, state, and local governments, nonprofit service providers and advocacy groups, and foreign governments and consulates); issues facing the region (processing newcomers, tracking aliens, becoming citizens, voting and elections, overcoming linguistic barriers, dealing with discrimination, work and income security, and building coalitions and community); and building a new Boston. (SM)
Descriptors: Citizenship, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Ethnic Bias, Ethnicity, Federal Government, Immigrants, Immigration, Language Minorities, Limited English Speaking, Local Government, Racial Bias, State Government, Urban Areas
Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. Tel: 617-495-5091; Fax: 617-496-1722; Web site: http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/rappaport/research.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA.
Note: Produced by the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, Kennedy School of Government. Written with the assistance of Daniel Scholzman. In "Governing Greater Boston: Meeting the Needs of the Region's People" (Charles C. Euchner, Editor).