Tu Casa, Mi Casa: Naturalization and Belonging among Latino Immigrants

Maria Abascal

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    Previous studies reach contradictory conclusions regarding the relationship between residential concentration and naturalization. This paper tackles the impasse by exploring the pathways through which immigrant communities influence individual naturalization. Specifically, this study examines naturalization among Latino immigrants using the 2006 Latino National Survey linked to county data. Multilevel model results indicate that the county concentration of naturalized co-ethnics positively predicts individual naturalization, and this relationship operates through two channels: information dissemination and perceived belonging. Regarding the latter, Latino immigrants who live among naturalized co-ethnics identify more strongly as “American,” and strength of American identification mediates nearly one-half of the relationship between concentration and naturalization.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)291-322
    Number of pages32
    JournalInternational Migration Review
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Jun 1 2017

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Demography
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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