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ERIC Number: EJ977992
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0036-0112
Receptivity toward Immigrants in Rural Pennsylvania: Perceptions of Adult English as Second Language Providers
Prins, Esther; Toso, Blaire Willson
Rural Sociology, v77 n3 p435-461 Sep 2012
This article uses interview and questionnaire data to examine how adult English as a second language (ESL) providers in rural Pennsylvania perceive community receptivity toward immigrants and the factors they believe foster or hinder receptivity and immigrants' integration. ESL providers' depictions of local responses to immigrants ranged from welcoming to hostile. They identified four constellations of factors that influenced receptivity: national and local politics, the labor market and immigrant occupations, immigrants' ability to look or act like native-born residents, and community institutions. This study reveals how differing contexts of reception are believed to influence immigrants' incorporation into rural communities. It also highlights the role of educators and educational institutions in creating a welcoming atmosphere that supports immigrants' socioeconomic well-being. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania