Chapter 10: Contexts of reception
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This chapter discusses why and how contexts of reception matter in immigration research. To analyze immigrant integration, we must consider not only the characteristics of immigrants, but also the receiving environment. As stipulated by the ‘modes of incorporation’ thesis developed by Alejandro Portes and his collaborators, immigrants’ socioeconomic outcomes are determined by the interplay between what they bring with them and the receiving context they encounter in the host society. The chapter explores what we mean by the ‘context of reception’ and how different contexts play out in a comparative perspective. It then discusses the challenges in examining various contexts of reception before concluding with suggestions for future research.

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