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  • Thumbnail for David Mason : a message from the author of Ludow
    David Mason : a message from the author of Ludow

    CC professor of English and author David Mason, invites First Year students to read his historical novel, Ludlow: a verse novel, and to explore its variety of subject matter and perspective.

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    Re-imagining Greek identity in an era of mass migration by Angelides, Philip

    Greek nationalism emerging out of the Enlightenment stressed the primordial belief that Modern Greeks are the descendents of the Ancient Greeks. This type of nationalism was exclusionary and repressive towards foreigners, yet is pervasive in contemporary Greek immigration policy. Greek immigration is incredibly important today because in 2010 alone, 90 percent of detected illegal immigrants in the European Union entered through Greece, a large percentage of these being Muslim immigrants. In this paper I contend that political rights must be granted to Muslim immigrants that call Greece their home, for ethnocultural differences should not preclude political, economic or social integration. Individual characteristics of the members of the community should not determine whether they are worthy of political rights or not. Terms for immigrants should rather be defined in political and institutional terms rather than in ethnic and cultural; only though recognizing the ability for Muslims to participate in the political and economic life of the Greek state can peaceful coexistence materialize. This paper, thus, is particularly significant because it exposes the Greek path dependency on a flawed immigration policy and suggests ways for reconciling national identity in an era of mass migration.

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    Determinants of labor force participation by Southeast Asian immigrants by Vasan, Thamanna

    This thesis analyzes the determinants that influence Southeast Asian immigrant labor force participation. In this analysis variables regarding human capital, time allocation and assimilation are used in a probit model. These variables include educational attainment, family income, citizenship status, marital status, family structure characteristics, age, sex, and others. Findings suggest that sex, age, citizenship status and family structure (having more than one family in a household, being married and being linguistically isolated) have a greater impact on labor force participation than traits such as educational attainment or the ethnic enclave effect.

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    Fight and flight : the decision of Filipinos to leave by Martinez, Maria Angelica

    Today, approximately 10 million Filipinos, either temporary or permanent migrants, are sending about US$20 billion worth of remittances to their families in the Philippines. The current government seeks to provide better economic opportunities so Filipinos will not see working abroad as the only choice but instead as an option. This thesis project attempts to quantitatively evaluate the extent of both push and pull factors determining a Filipino’s decision to migrate, either for permanent or for temporary purposes. Since migration is a national policy issue, understanding these factors that push and pull people to leave would be central to retaining Filipinos who would otherwise seek employment and serve abroad. The Ordinary Least Squares regression models are utilized and separated into permanent and temporary Filipino migrants to better differentiate push and pull factors influencing decisions made by Filipinos when migrating. The final results suggests that push and pull factors have different effects on the decisions of Filipinos depending on their destination countries and whether they are a permanent or temporary migrant.


    The United States economy is heavily dependent upon the contributions of immigrants for maintaining consumer spending, scientific innovation, and small business growth. However, within the United States labor market immigrants earn significantly lower wages than comparable native-born workers. In order achieve further wage parity it is first necessary to understand the complex factors that drive economic assimilation among immigrants. While much research has explored the intricacies of the wage gap between foreign born and native workers, this paper explores how social interactions and community involvement influence economic success, as measured by yearly income. An initial model is used to examine the impacts of social integration on English language acquisition. A second model is then used to analyze the impacts of these same variables on the yearly income of immigrants. The hypothesis is that increased social assimilation leads to higher English language ability, which in turn contributes to increased earnings. The data used to test this hypothesis is a set of survey responses from the New Immigrant Survey administered in 2003 to immigrants who recently received legal permanent residency in the U.S. The results of the models determine that immigrants with higher levels of social interactions with Americans, as measured by various proxy variables, do in fact have higher levels of English proficiency. Furthermore, a majority of these social integration variables were also shown to be significant predictors of income among immigrants. A key finding is that English class attendance and U.S. schooling are important for language skill but, in the context of these models, do not have any statistically significant impact on income. An important implication of this is that in order to promote economic success among immigrants emphasis should be placed on fostering social inclusion, rather than relying solely on formal modes of language instruction.