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eduadorobles | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 2, 2012 at 3:27 AM via web

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Which statement best represents urban residential patterns among ethnic groups?

 

Immigrants preferred to live near others not merely of their own nationality, but from their own village or region in the old country, Religion was the primary factor in ethnic residential patterns because immigrants congregated around their churches, Common language was the primary factor in ethnic residential patterns, regardless of national origin, or Immigrants preferred to mix with the general population in order to assimilate more quickly into American culture.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 2, 2012 at 3:38 AM (Answer #1)

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Of these options, the first option is the best.  This comes about because of something that is known as chain migration.

The process of chain migration starts when one person or a few people from a particular village or region or neighborhood migrate to a new country.  They settle, in a particular place.  If they are able to get along relatively well, they tell people back in the old country about what they have done.  Others are then inspired to migrate.  Naturally, they want to go somewhere where they already have acquaintances.  They also want to go somewhere that appears to have the potential for a better life and they will be likely to take the word of someone from their same region as to the suitability of where they have settled. 

Through this process, many immigrant neighborhoods came to have populations that were largely made up of people from one particular region of the country from which they came.

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