, Volume 46, Issue 3, pp 42–52 | Cite as

Ethnicities: Children of migrants in America

  • Alejandro Portes
Research Article


Alejandro Portes discusses the complex social, economic and cultural determinants of today's second generation of immigrants to the United States of America. He warns that unless changes are made there is a strong likelihood that members of today's second generation will join those at the bottom of society forming a new ‘rainbow underclass’.


acculturation community labour markets race social capital 


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© Society for International Development 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alejandro Portes
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  1. 1.Princeton University

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