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Carribean Immigrants In New York City

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Have you ever watched the Eddie Murphey movie titled "Coming to America"? Well if you have you will have an insight into what life is like for immigrants settling in the United States, especially those from the Caribbean. Each year thousands and thousands of Caribbean immigrants come to the United States. Immigrants from the Caribbean experience a lot of changes in their lives when living in the United States. Many experience having to adapt to a new life and the process one must go through to remain in the U.S. Much to their advantage, some immigrants that come here also become successful. The United States is a place of opportunity and democracy for those who seek it. You can hear the story of the Caribbean immigrants told best by authors of books and web-based studies.What exactly is an immigrant? I asked around and some people described immigrants as foreigners who are given the right to reside in a country, others describe immigrants as people who are not citizens who come to a new country to live. They were all right. If you look up immigrant in the dictionary it says, a person who comes to a country to take up permanent residence (Collegiate Dictionary). We can put immigrants into two different groups, the new immigrants and the old immigrants. New immigrants are those that have arrived after 1965. " 'Old' Immigrants were overwhelmingly European whereas today's new arrivals come mainly from the Third World, especially the West Indies, Latin America, and Asia" (Nancy Foner 2). Immigrants are not only what people describe but they can also be broken down further into new and old. The quote basically states that for us.The Caribbean Immigrants that come here originate from many different places in the Caribbean. Some Caribbean immigrant groups that come here are from Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad/Tobago, Guyana, Panama, Barbados, Grenada, Dominica and Aruba. "As it once represented for many European and other North Atlantic immigrants, New York City continues to represent the ultimate urban frontier (or conduit) for many Caribbean and other South Atlantic Immigrants" (Sutton and Chaney 51). It seems clear that New York is definitely a place where most Caribbean immigrants come to settle down. New York is a very big tourist attraction and there is always something to do and that is why it is called the "city that never sleeps". That contributes to why most immigrants come to New York to live.Immigrants from the Caribbean come to New York in great abundances. The amounts that come to New York are amazing. From 1975-1980 the total number of Caribbean Immigrants that came to New York was 84,100 (Census 1980). Jamaicans made up most of the immigrants totaling 23,660. Haitians came in second at 13,840 and Trinidad and Tobagans totaled 10,640. Many immigrants come here because of opportunity. Author Elizabeth Bogen comments that "West Indian Immigration to the United States increased astronomically, in part because of the new opportunities conferred by...

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