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Jump to: Picture| Elementary and Middle Grade|Young Adult |Adult Picture Books: A Different Pond All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel Dreamers Dumpling Dreams: How Joyce Chen Brought the Dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge The Keeping Quilt Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story The Little Black Fish Mango, Abuela, and Me My Diary from Here to There/Mi diario de aqui hasta alla My Name Is Sangoel Name Jar A Shelter in Our Car Two White Rabbits Watercress Elementary and Middle Grade Books: 90 Miles to Havana Enrique’s Journey Esperanza Rising Front Desk Grandfather’s Journey Hedy’s Journey: The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust Inside Out & Back Again Kiki and Jacques My Chinatown My Family Divided One Good Thing About America The Orphan of Ellis Island: A Time Travel Adventure Sea Prayer When Stars Are Scattered Young Adult Books: American Street Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card The Book of Unknown Americans Denied, Detained, Deported: The Dark Side of American Immigration The Good Braider A Long Walk to Water Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town Parachutes Persepolis Something in Between The Sun is Also a Star This Land is Our Land We Are Displaced We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults Welcome to the New World Books for Adults: Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child The Best We Could Do Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa Call Me American Exit West How to American: An Immigrant’s Guide to Disappointing Your Parents Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts In the Country We Love: My Family Divided Infinite Country The Joy Luck Club The Kite Runner One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger Pachinko The Refugees The Son of Good Fortune Unaccompanied The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You Leave a Reply FAQs Videos

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Books can transform, transport and inspire. Whether you’re a teacher trying to expand your classroom library, a parent looking to introduce their child to diverse perspectives or an adult who just wants a rich, interesting novel to read,you arebound to find something on this list that’s for you.

We’ve curatedthislist of books thatare goodreads andrepresent many facets of the immigrant experience, with an emphasis on books by authors who are immigrants themselves. We’ve alsodividedour selections by age groups,intopicture books, elementary and middle grade books, young adult books and books for adults.

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Jump to: Picture| Elementary and Middle Grade|Young Adult |Adult

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A Different Pond

by Bao Phi and Thi Bui

Prose | Fiction

Caldecott-winning A Different Pondfollows aVietnamese father and sonwhogo fishing for a day. It’s a simple, relatable premise that the author usesto explore cultural differences and connections within the family.The author emphasizes the affirming connection between father and son while still gently acknowledging the challenges bothface.

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All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel

by Dan Yaccarino

Prose | Fiction

All the Way to Americafollows a simple shovel as it’s passed down through many generations of an Italian American family. Each generation finds a new use for the tool, tracing the evolution of their immigration journey. The book is a wholesome embrace of a family tradition.

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Dreamers

by Yuyi Morales

Prose | Nonfiction | Autobiography

Dreamersis a great story for reluctant readers. The book beautifully depicts howMoralesandherson see a world of opportunities appear for them when they find a library near their new home. The story is told from the mother’s perspective but is still accessible to a child.

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Dumpling Dreams: How Joyce Chen Brought the Dumpling from Beijing to Cambridge

by Carrie Clickard and Katy Wu

Poetry | Nonfiction

This charming picture book introduces young readers to an under-appreciated immigrant entrepreneur and chef, Joyce Chen. The story follows Chen as she comes to the United States and adapts her beloved Chinese recipes for her new circumstances, bringing fresh flavors and foods to her new community. Poetry brings a lyricism to the tale.

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The Keeping Quilt

by Patricia Polacco

Prose | Fiction

Beloved children’s book author Patricia Polacco tells her own family’s immigration story in this picture book. After immigrating to the United States, Great Grandma Anna turns her dress and babushka into a quilt in order to hold onto her heritage. The quilt gets passed down through the generations to the author, who discovers and shares the heirloom’s story.

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Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story

by Reem Faruqi and Lea Lyon

Prose | Fiction

Faruqibased this book on herown childhood experiences navigating Ramadan as a new immigrant to the United States from India.Lailahis fasting for Ramadan for the first time, but she doesn’t know how to explain it to her friends or avoid food in the cafeteria.She learns that adults can be more helpful and peers can be more accepting than Lailahexpects.

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The Little Black Fish

by Samad Behrangi

Prose | Fiction

This picture book has the distinction of being banned for more than 20 years in Iran for its pro-immigration messages. It’s also one of the few translated picture books to achieve widespread recognition. Told through allegory,The Little Black Fishfollows a fish who dares to literally swim against the current to explore a wider world.

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Mango, Abuela, and Me

by Meg Medina and Angela Dominguez

Prose | Fiction

This story flips the usual angle on the immigrant language barrier, exploring the perspective of a child who already speaks English and wants to reach out to someone who doesn’t.Miawants to talk to herrecently immigratedabuela(Spanish for grandmother), butherabuela is still learning English.

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My Diary from Here to There/Mi diario de aqui hasta alla

by Amada Irma Perez and Maya Christina Gonzalez

Prose | Fiction

Perez uses a diary as a framing device, following a child who shares the hopes and fears of her journey to the United States.My Diary from Here to There/Midiariodeaquihastaallais bilingual, making it a strong choice for empowering Spanish-speaking students and widening the viewpoints of students who only speak English.

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My Name Is Sangoel

by Karen Lynn Williams, Khadra Mohammed and Catherine Stock

Prose | Fiction

My Name Is Sangoelfollows a Sudanese war refugee child as he adapts to a new life in the United States. Young Sangoel is proud of his name but struggles to get his classmates to pronounce it correctly. The story can gently introduce children to the concept of refugees while steering clear of any heavy, explicit discussions of violence or conflict.

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Name Jar

by Yangsook Choi

Prose | Fiction

In this sweet bookby a Korean immigrant,a Korean child wrestles with her “foreign” name in a United States classroom. Her well-meaning classmates encourage her to pick a new name, prompting a journey toward self-acceptance and embracing her culture.

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A Shelter in Our Car

by Monica Gunning

Prose | Fiction

The close, supportive bond between mother and daughter makes this story of a pair of immigrants fighting homelessness less heavy for young readers. Jamaican American Zettie and her mother come to the U.S. for a better life after the passing of Zettie’s father, but Zettie soon faces bullying for living in a car. The ending reassures readers that the love of her mother and possibility of a bright future will see the pair through their struggles.

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Two White Rabbits

by Jairo Buitrago and Rafael Yockteng

Prose | Fiction

Two White Rabbitsfollowsa father and daughter making a perilous journey to the United States.It offers a child’s eye view of the difficult events, softening the subject matter.More advanced readers may pick up on symbolism in the things the daughter spots on her journey.

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Watercress

by Andrea Wang and Jason Chin

Poetry | Fiction

Wang drew on her own immigrant experience to pen this story of a Chinese American girl who is embarrassed to gather watercress from a ditch for dinner, until a story from her mother sheds a new light on the meal. Written in free verse poetry with a more complex syntax than most picture books, this story might be more suitable for more advanced picture book readers.

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90 Miles to Havana

by Enrique Flores-Galbis

Prose | Fiction

Flores-Galbishighlights a little-known chapter of immigration history in90 Miles to Havana. Cuban-born Julian is sent to the United States by his parents as part of the “Operation Pedro Pan” that brought thousands of unaccompanied Cuban minors to the United States.

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Enrique’s Journey

by Sonia Nazario

Prose | Nonfiction

When journalist Sonia Nazario met Enrique, an undocumented immigrant teen,she was stunned by his story of immigrating to the United Statesalone. He braved dangerous conditions on the trip in order to reunite with his mother, who had immigrated when he was just a child.Penguin Random House has created ateacher’s guidetoEnrique’s Journey.

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Esperanza Rising

by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Prose | Fiction

Ryan touches on migrant labor, the Great Depression and the Mexican Repatriation Act without ever making this story too challenging for young readers. Esperanza and her family are forced to flee Mexico after her father is murdered and she has to learn how to start over as a farm laborer in California.

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Front Desk

by Kelly Yang

Prose | Fiction

Many immigrant children may be able to relate to the story of Mia Tang, who helps with her immigrant family’s business after school. In addition to minding the front desk at the family motel, Mia dreams of being a writer and worries about the undocumented immigrants her parents hide in the motel rooms. This book earned the 2018 Asian Pacific American Award for Literature. For a book about immigration for teens, check out Yang’s YA novel Parachutes in our Young Adult section below.

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Grandfather’s Journey

by Allen Say

Prose | Fiction

ThisCaldecott-winning booktells the true story of the author’s grandfather.Grandfather’s Journeybucksconvention by giving its main character, a Japanese immigrant, wanderlust and a yearning to return to Japan. This story could introduce children to a more complicated immigrant narrative.

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Hedy’s Journey: The True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust

by Michelle Bisson

Prose | Nonfiction

Bisson uses illustrations to illuminate the true story of her mother’s flight from Nazi forces to the United States. The story follows young Hedy as she is separated from her family and forced to travel separately, offering an age-appropriate introduction to the trials and dangers facing Jewish refugees of the time.

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Inside Out & Back Again

by Thanhha Lai

Poetry | Fiction

Lai fictionalizes her own childhood as a Vietnamese immigrant to the southern United States to create this novel in free verse. Her poignant depiction of a Vietnamese girl growing up in the South won her a Newbery Honor and National Book Award.

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Kiki and Jacques

by Susan Ross

Prose | Fiction

The unlikely friendship between a Franco American boy and a Somali American refugee girl takes center stage in Kiki and Jacques. Jacques is initially resistant to the influx of Somali refugees who change the routines of his small town, but his friendship and decency eventually turn him into a good role model for acceptance and inclusion. This story is great for learning about adapting to new community members. Readers looking to learn more about Somali migration specifically might benefit from further reading.

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My Chinatown

by Kam Mak

Poetry | Fiction

Mak wrote and illustrated this collection of poetry, based on his own childhood spent in Chinatown. This book is a great option for introducing elementary school kids to both poetry and the immigrant experience.

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My Family Divided

by Diane Guerrero

Prose | Nonfiction | Autobiography

Diane Guerrero, best known for her roles on Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, turned her successful acting career into a platform to speak about immigration reform. She draws on her own experience as the daughter of two undocumented immigrants who were deported when Guerrero was just 14 years old. My Family Divided is a child-friendly version of her memoir, In the Country We Love: My Family Divided (see Books for Adults, below).

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One Good Thing About America

by Ruth Freeman

Prose | Fiction

The story is structured by nine-year-old Anaïsletters to her grandmother about “one good thing” she discovers about her new home in the United States. Many American customs and expressions become fresh and funny through her eyes. Freeman balances Anaïs’s longing for her old country with her growing excitement about her new community.

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The Orphan of Ellis Island: A Time Travel Adventure

by Elvira Woodruff

Prose | Fiction

Woodruff takes the idea of transporting her readers into another world seriously. The story centers on a contemporary U.S.-born child who is magically sent back in time to join a group of boys travelling through Ellis Island. This book works as a good introduction to early 20thcentury European migration.

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Sea Prayer

by Khaled Hosseini

Prose | Fiction

Hosseini is best known for his books on the Afghani and Afghan American experience for adults (see The Kite Runner in the Books for Adults section), but he was inspired to write an illustrated book that would be accessible to children after the tragic drowning of Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi in 2015. The story is written as a letter from a father to a son, focused on their shared hopes for the future.

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When Stars Are Scattered

by Omar Mohamed and Victoria Jamieson

Prose | Nonfiction | Autobiography

Jamieson tells Mohamed’s story of caring for his little brother in a Somali refugee camp with vivid, colorful illustrations. Telling the story visually could help young people imagine themselves in Mohamed’s shoes.

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American Street

by Ibi Zoboi

Prose | Fiction

InAmerican Street, Fabiola has to adapt to life in the United States alone after her mother is deported to their country of origin, Haiti. Her solitude compounds the struggles of being a new immigrant and a teenager.American Streethighlights immigrant resilience.

Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card

by Sara Saedi

Prose | Nonfiction | Autobiography

Discovering their lack of documentation in their teens is a depressingly common and devastating experience for undocumented young people. Saedi shares how this struggle played out in her tight-knit family of Iranian refugees.

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The Book of Unknown Americans

by Cristina Henríquez

Prose | Fiction

This sweet teen love story is complicated and given depth by the main characters’ immigrant backgrounds. The Book of Unknown Americans explores the differences between the experiences of Mayor Toro, a Panamanian American with long term residency in the United States, and Maribel, a newly arrived Mexican American girl grappling with language and cultural barriers.

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Denied, Detained, Deported: The Dark Side of American Immigration

by Ann Bausum

Prose | Nonfiction

For teens who are interested in learning the history of immigration, this sweeping nonfiction exploration of immigration to the U.S. could be a great entry point. Bausum uses illustrations to enliven the subject matter.

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The Good Braider

by Terry Farish

Poetry | Fiction

Farish uses free voice poetry to tell the story of Viola, the teen daughter of a family of Sudanese refugees. Her close-knit community of Sudanese Americans in the United States is both supportive and stifling, a conflict that many young people, both foreign-born and U.S.-born, might relate to.

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A Long Walk to Water

by Linda Sue Park

Prose | Fiction

Park bases this novel closely on the real-life experiences of Salva Dat, one of the “Lost Boys” of Sudan displaced by the Sudanese Civil War. By following both Dat, who finds refuge in the U.S., and Nya, a girl who remains in Sudan and spends hours every day retrieving water, Park provides a holistic look at this recent chapter of history. The book also highlights Dat’s real life not-for-profit that builds wells in Sudan, giving both the characters and readers agency and the ability to take action.

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Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team That Changed a Town

by Warren St. John

Prose | Nonfiction

This is a great option for young adults interested in a nonfiction immigrationnarrative. Clarkston, Georgia,made headlines for resettling a large number of refugees from all over the world, some of whom formed a soccer team called the Fugees.Outcasts Unitedfollows them and their coach as they adapt to their newlives.

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Parachutes

by Kelly Yang

Prose | Fiction

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Claire Wang is a “parachute” kid, a teenager sent from China to the United States to stay with a host family and gain an American education. Parachutesfollows her and her new host-sister as they manage cross-cultural conflict alongside the normal turmoil of a high school year. The story also deals with sexual violence and harassment, so it might be more suitable for older and more mature readers. For a book by Yang for children, seeFront Desk in our Elementary and Middle Grade Books section above.

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Persepolis

by Marjane Satrapi

Prose | Nonfiction | Autobiography

While it grapples with complicated themes of sexuality and life under an oppressive regime, the graphic novel format makes this memoir a short, accessible read. Satrapi recounts her adolescence inturbulent Iran and the eventual freedoms and challenges of reaching the United States. The novel was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film, which you can learn more about in our blog post What to Watch: 32 Films, TV Series and Documentaries Featuring Immigrants.

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Something in Between

byMelissa de la Cruz

Prose | Fiction

Immigrant author Melissa de la Cruz exploresthe experiences of undocumented teens inSomething in Between.The revelation thatoverachieving Filipino teenagerJasmine de losSantos’ family is undocumented sends Jasminespiraling.Many teensmightrelate to her struggle to figure out her future as her plans are upended.

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The Sun is Also a Star

by Nicola Yoon

Prose | Fiction

New York Times-bestselling author Nicola Yoon writes the story of Natasha Kingsley, who meets a boy and starts to fall in love with him a day before she’s scheduled to be deported to Jamaica. The book follows the two teens over a single, meaningful day. To learn more about the movie adaptation, check outourlist of films and TV shows about immigration.

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This Land is Our Land

by Linda Barrett Osborne

Prose | Nonfiction

Osborne organizes her history of immigration to the United States into waves of immigrants, making it an excellent resource for highlighting parallels in the immigrant experience through time. Using illustrations and language accessible to younger readers, she gives an excellent broad perspective onthe topicthrough its 2016 publication date.

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We Are Displaced

by Malala Yousafza

Prose | Nonfiction | Autobiography

Most readers will be already familiar with the story of Malala Yousafzai’s fight for girls’ education, but the first half of this book highlights the less famous story of her family’s displacement by war when Malala was a child. The second half of the book shares the stories of other internally displaced and refugee girls. We Are Displaced offers more insight into the life of an extraordinary woman, and an introduction to lesser-known conflicts and refugee experiences around the world.

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We Are Here to Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults

by Susan Kuklin

Prose | Nonfiction | Autobiography

Anonymous young writers share their stories of being undocumented. The collection includes people from a variety of countries, including Korea, Colombia and Ghana. These stories can reflect the experiences of undocumented teens or build empathy in citizen and authorized immigrant teens alike.

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Welcome to the New World

by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan

Prose | Nonfiction

Jake Halpern met the Aldabaan family after they fled Syria and came to the United States as refugees. He visited and interviewed the family for years, chronicling their refugee story in a New York Times comics series in collaboration with illustrator Michael Sloan, which they later expanded into the book Welcome to the New World. The ILC has created a free curriculum based on the novel for Social Studies and English teachers of grades seven through 11. Explore it here.

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Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child

by Elva Treviño Hart

Prose | Nonfiction | Autobiography

Hart recounts her childhood as a migrant farmworker. She includes form-breaking elements, featuring poetry and a newspaper article alongside a more conventional memoir narrative.

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Thi Bui began this project as a grad student, interviewing her parents about their experiences fleeing Vietnam to create an oral history. Wanting to share their story with a wider audience, Bui spent more than a decade learning how to draw comics to create this graphic novel. Her exceptional writing and illustrations won an American Book Award and was a National Book Critics Circle finalist.

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Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa

by Rigoberto González

Prose | Nonfiction | Autobiography

González recounts a childhood spent as a migrant worker slowly awakening to the realization that he’s gay. He wrestles with a culture of machismo that’s hostile to his gayness and an American culture that’s hostile to his race. His wrenching and ultimately encouraging memoir earned the American Book Award.

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Call Me American

By Abdi Nor Iftin

Prose | Nonfiction | Autobiography

Iftin recounts growing up obsessed with American pop culture and life from afar in Somalia. He didn’t get his chance to come to the United States until extremists forced him to flee his homeland and apply for a visa to immigrate. His love and his fears for both his country of origin and his newfound home are shared beautifully in this book. His story was first documented in an episode of the popular radio show This American Life.

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Exit West

by Mohsin Hamid

Prose | Fiction

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Exit Westexplores immigration through a magical realism lens, following a young refugee couplefrom an unnamed countryas they wander the globe in search of a safe place to call home. Their ability to use special doors to magically traverse continents gives this story a complex, unusual dimension. Hamid won the first-ever Aspen Words Literary Prize for his lyrical work.

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How to American: An Immigrant’s Guide to Disappointing Your Parents

by Jimmy O. Yang

Prose | Nonfiction | Autobiography

Yang brings a light, funny touch to his story of breaking free of his parents’ expectations to pursue a career in stand-up. Both the highs of his comedy success and the lows of his citizenship struggles offer a unique spin on a classic “making it big” Hollywood story.

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Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts

edited by Diane Portnoy, Barry Portnoy and Charlie Riggs

Prose | Nonfiction

The Immigrant Learning Centergathered 11 experts on 11 immigrant groups to write essays about their experiences.Thebook illuminatesboththe tremendous diversity andthecommon experiences between waves of immigrants. Learn morehere.

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In the Country We Love: My Family Divided

by Diane Guerrero

Prose | Nonfiction | Autobiography

Diane Guerrero, best known for her roles onOrange Is the New BlackandJane the Virgin,has achieved fame and success as an actor, but this memoir chronicles her difficult, pre-fame adolescence. When she was just 14 years old, she came home to discover that her parents had been detained and would be deported. Guerrero, a U.S.-born citizen, was left to fend for herself.

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Infinite Country

by Patricia Engel

Prose | Fiction

Infinite Country covers 20 years in the life of a Colombian American family pulled apart by immigration policy. The relatively short novel provides a sweeping overview of the experiences of Elena and Mauro, a couple who flee to the United States to give their children better lives, and their three children, who wrestle with their parents’ sacrifice.

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The Joy Luck Club

by Amy Tan

Prose | Fiction

This classic novel follows four Chinese women who have immigrated to the United States and explores the effects their journeys have on them and their children. The story explores many dimensions of the Asian American and female migrant experience. The popular film adaptation made our list of 32 Films, TV Series and Documentaries Featuring Immigrants.

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The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

Prose | Fiction

The book opens with the adventures of two Afghan boys who face sharply diverging paths, one immigrating to the United States while the other is left behind. Hosseini, himself an Afghan American, explores the effects of immigration on relationships and families as he follows the two boys into adulthood.

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One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger

by Matthew Yglesias

Prose | Nonfiction

Yglesiastackles immigration fromtheunusual angle of how it could benefit U.S.-born people. He argues that dramatically increasing the U.S. population via immigration could spur innovation and economic prosperity for everyone. It’s a provocative argument thatcould helpstart discussions.

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Pachinko

by Min Jin Lee

Prose | Fiction

Lee became a National Book Award finalist for her sprawling depiction of several generations of a Korean family that moves to Japan. The family struggles with the loss of their homeland and cultural estrangement. This book is a great exploration of an immigration narrative that doesn’t center the United States.

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The Refugees

by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Prose | Fiction

If youenjoyshortstories,The Refugeesisa goodchoice. Pulitzer-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen’s collectionusesshort narratives set in both Vietnam and the United Statesto explore the many facets of Vietnamese American migration.

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The Son of Good Fortune

by Lysley Tenorio

Prose | Fiction

Our colleagues at theInstitute for Immigration Researchhave partnered with the literary arts not-for-profitFall for the Bookto create theNew American Voices awardfor immigrant authors of immigration stories. Tenorio, their 2020 awardee, writes beautifully about an undocumented Filipino family at a crossroads.

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Unaccompanied

by Javier Zamora

Poetry | Nonfiction | Autobiography

Zamora uses poetry to share his extraordinary story of traveling 4,000 miles by himselfat the age of nineto reunite with his parents in the United States.This story is especially resonant while unaccompanied minors routinely make the news.

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The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You

by Dina Nayeri

Prose | Nonfiction | Autobiography

Nayeri wrote her memoir to challenge U.S.-born readers’ ideas of what refugees should believe or say.Her story of fleeing Iran for Oklahoma with her family as a child complicates conventional narratives about asylum-seekers and how the United States receives them.

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Finding employment and settling down with all your creature comforts can be a challenge. While immigrating after your 30's have arrived is doable, those under that age will find the going far smoother.

Which states have the most immigrants? ›

Which U.S. states have the largest numbers of immigrants? The U.S. states with the most immigrants in 2019 were California (10.6 million), Texas (5 million), Florida (4.5 million), New York (4.4 million), and New Jersey (2.1 million).

What is the largest immigrant group in the United States today? ›

Mexico is the top origin country of the U.S. immigrant population. In 2018, roughly 11.2 million immigrants living in the U.S. were from there, accounting for 25% of all U.S. immigrants. The next largest origin groups were those from China (6%), India (6%), the Philippines (4%) and El Salvador (3%).

Which state has the highest migration rate? ›

Net international migration
National rankStateNet international migration rate per 1,000 inhabitants
United States1.80
1Florida4.13
2California1.87
3Texas2.24
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What do you think would be most difficult about the immigrant experience? ›

Difficulty speaking English, trouble taking off work, and limited transportation (we'll get to that) are all very real issues. Accessing mental health issues is especially problematic. Many times, refugees and immigrants have been exposed to violence, rape, even torture- but they may not know how to seek help.

What are the common themes of the immigrant experience? ›

Through student/teacher inquiry the following common themes of immigration should be identified and defined: motivation to emigrate, assimilation, economic issues (including living and working conditions), education, choice of destination, language difficulties, and issues of prejudice.

What being an immigrant taught me? ›

You Will Learn Who's There for You, and Who's Not

If you choose to move to a different country, or better yet to a different continent, your family and friends will criticize you no matter what. If you come from a good environment, they will mostly support you, and their criticism will be constructive.

Which U.S. city has the most immigrants? ›

Hialeah, Florida

What is the easiest country to immigrate to? ›

  • Easiest Countries to Immigrate To. Here are some of the easiest countries to immigrate to: ...
  • New Zealand. New Zealand is a popular destination for immigration mainly because of its Skilled Migration Program. ...
  • Australia. ...
  • Spain. ...
  • Paraguay. ...
  • Germany. ...
  • Montenegro. ...
  • Czech Republic.

What countries do not allow immigrants? ›

While some countries have open immigration controls, many countries have closed borders to limit and restrict who enters the country and gains citizenship.
...
Top 14 Hardest Countries to Immigrate To:
  • Vatican City.
  • China.
  • Japan.
  • Qatar.
  • Liechtenstein.
  • United Arab Emirates.
  • Kuwait.
  • Saudi Arabia.

How much money do you need to immigrate to USA? ›

The cost to immigrate to the US including the entire process will be around $4000 to $12,000. When an individual applies with the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), you need to pay several fees. The fee for applying depends on the type of your residency application.

How can I go to USA for free? ›

Here is my guide of how to travel the USA for free without mooching:
  1. Gear Up with Some Necessities. ...
  2. Go Human Powered. ...
  3. Dumpster Dive for Food. ...
  4. Forage for Food. ...
  5. Water. ...
  6. Live Naturally- Personal Hygiene. ...
  7. Electricity. ...
  8. Travel with a Purpose Greater than Yourself.
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How long can you live in America without citizenship? ›

The quick answer to the question of how long a visitor can lawfully stay in the United States for most people is six months.

Which age is called age of migration? ›

The last two decades of the 20th century were generically designated “the age of migration” (Castells; Miller, 1993). As many researchers stress, this expression is not related to a quantitative change in the percentage of international migrants in that period.

What is the average age of immigrants in Canada? ›

Age, Sex, and Marital Status.

The average age of recently arrived immigrants is about 30 years, indicating that the average age of arrival of immigrants is around 27 to 28 years, because recently arrived immigrants would have moved to Canada about two and a half years prior to the census, on average.

Where did most immigrants come from after 1880? ›

Between 1880 and 1920, more than 20 million immigrants arrive. The majority are from Southern, Eastern and Central Europe, including 4 million Italians and 2 million Jews. Many of them settle in major U.S. cities and work in factories.

How many immigrants are there in the world? ›

The current global estimate is that there were around 281 million international migrants in the world in 2020, which equates to 3.6 per cent of the global population. Overall, the estimated number of international migrants has increased over the past five decades.

What is Theory of migration? ›

Definition. Migration theories seek to understand the reasoning behind and motivations for the decisions of individuals and households to move from one location to another – domestically or internationally – as well as the factors that explain the maintenance of migration flows over time.

Did immigration destroy the Roman Empire? ›

It's true, of course, that migration did eventually destroy Rome. But what makes this fairly immaterial to the current immigration debate is that the Roman government did not allow the Barbarian invasions of the 4th and 5th centuries.

How long did the Migration Period last? ›

The Great Migration was one of the largest movements of people in United States history. Approximately six million Black people moved from the American South to Northern, Midwestern, and Western states roughly from the 1910s until the 1970s.

Videos

1. Nancy Foner — One Quarter of the Nation: Immigration and the Transformation of America
(Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College)
2. Here, There, and Elsewhere: The Making of Immigrant Identities in a Globalized World
(Migration Policy Centre)
3. Speaking Of Books: Freidenberg, “Contemporary Conversations on Immigration."
(UMDLibraries)
4. Results of Nationwide Study on Local Immigrant Integration
(The Immigrant Learning Center)
5. The border within: The economics of immigration in an age of fear
(Brookings Institution)
6. Literacy Talk: Denzil Mohammed, Immigrant Learning Center
(Library of Congress)
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