Immigration in New York

Immigration in New York

Immigration in New York

Immigration in New York


"In this comprehensive and lively study (the second trait a most welcome change from most demographic analyses), Bogen, Director of the Office of Immigrant Affairs, provides a summary of the legislative history of immigration to the city and extensive quantitative data on the new arrivals. She also discusses the character and quality of human and legal services for immigrants and refugees, reviews monetary and social costs and benefits, sets forth a series of recommendations for social policy, and ends with a thoughtful Paean to the Lady, the one with the lamp held high beside the Golden Door. In addition to its general contents, Bogen's book includes a most useful glossary of terms and acronyms so that readers, too, may know what it means to adjust one's status, understand the oxymoron called conditional permanent residence, take courses in ESL, and look to a volag for assistance." Choice


New York is the quintessential city of immigrants. It takes its unique character from the millions of people who have come, are coming, and will continue to come to our city in order to make their homes here. New York welcomes its newcomers and their infusions of new life, new ideas, and new energy.

It made good sense to me when the Department of City Planning undertook the research that was to become this book. I wanted the city to learn as much as it could about its new residents: who they are, how they live, what they give us, and what we give them.

It also made good sense to establish an office that would devote itself full-time to thinking and writing about immigrant issues, and pulling together the efforts of all the city agencies whose clients include immigrants. I set up such an office at the City Planning Department in July 1984, building on the expertise that department had been developing in immigration data and research.

It is a source of satisfaction to me that in its three years of operation, the Office of Immigrant Affairs has been able not only to complete this book but also to produce a directory of immigrant service agencies and a pamphlet explaining the complexities of public entitlement criteria for immigrant applicants. Furthermore, this office has served the city well as a source of information and policy analysis on legislation and service issues, and it has been a coordinating body for agencies serving immigrants, both inside and outside city government.

As far as I know, New York City is the only jurisdiction in the country that has established an office to deal with the needs of all its immigrants, not just refugees, naturalized citizens, permanent resident aliens, or . . .

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