Greek immigration to the United States, 2010-2015: A descriptive analysis

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Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

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Journal of Modern Greek Studies


Greek immigration to the United States has witnessed a resurgence following Greece's 2008 recession and the ensuing crisis. While immigration from Greece declined toward the end of the twentieth century, there has been a significant increase in the number of Greeks arriving in the United States during the second decade of the twenty-first century. Greek immigrants to the United States have increased by nearly 11% between 2010 and 2015. This article's main objective is to provide a descriptive analysis of Greek immigrants migrating to the United States after 2010. Using up-to-date individual- level data from the American Community Survey (ACS), this study examines recently arrived Greek immigrants' residential, socioeconomic, and family/household status background characteristics compared to longer-term Greek immigrants. The results reveal that recently arrived Greek immigrants have reached higher levels of education and are more racially and ethnically diverse than their longer-term counterparts. Recent Greek immigrant arrivals' residential settlement patterns are also shown to be more geographically dispersed compared to their longer-term coethnics.

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