Julia Albarracin

Western Illnois University

1 University Circle
Macomb, IL

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My research deals with immigration in the United States and elsewhere. I recently published a book entitled At the Core and in the Margins: The Incorporation of Mexican Immigrants in Two Rural Midwestern Communities. I'm now working on a manuscript that analyzes the factors shaping different immigration policies in Argentina.

Julia Albarracin. 2016. "At the Core and in the Margins: The Incorporation of Mexican Immigrants in Two Rural Midwestern Communities." East Lansing: Michigan State University Press.
Abstract: Beardstown and Monmouth, Illinois, two rural Midwestern towns, have been transformed by immigration in the last three decades. This book examines how Mexican immigrants who have made these towns their homes have integrated legally, culturally, and institutionally. What accounts for the massive growth in the Mexican immigrant populations in these two small towns, and what does the future hold for them? Based on 260 surveys and 47 in-depth interviews, this study combines quantitative and qualitative research to explore the level and characteristics of immigrant incorporation in Beardstown and Monmouth. It assesses the advancement of immigrants in the immigration/ residency/citizenship process, the immigrants’ level of cultural integration (via language, their connectedness with other members of society, and their relationships with neighbors), the degree and characteristics of discrimination against immigrants in these two towns, and the extent to which immigrants participate in different social and political activities and trust government institutions.
URL: http://msupress.org/books/book/?id=50-1D0-33FE#.V9wiRK54g4A

Substantive Focus:
Comparative Public Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy History SECONDARY
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY