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Undocumented Immigrants in the 21st Century: Perceptions of Spatial Legitimacy

  • Gwen Gustafson Scott

Abstract

Geographers have addressed various aspects of migration for at least a century. They have typically focused on immigrant settlement patterns, adaptation, and acculturation. However, as the “face” of the American immigrant has changed dramatically since the 1960s, geography has been slow to provide more nuanced and theoretical assessments of the issues specific to these contemporary immigrants. Because of the recent increase in the number of undocumented immigrants, refugees, asylum-seekers, and potential immigrants (those entering on nonimmigrant visas who may later opt to immigrate), and because today’s immigrants are far more ethnically and racially diverse than their predecessors, the contemporary period creates a far more challenging scenario.

Keywords

Illegal Immigrant Undocumented Immigrant American Geographer Illegal Alien Contemporary Period 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gwen Gustafson Scott
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  1. 1.University of OregonUSA

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