Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Department of Sociology

Content Description

1 online resource (viii, 287 pages) : illustrations (some color), color map

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Samantha Friedman

Committee Members

Nancy Denton, Glenn D. Deane, Ryan D. King


Hybrid growth models, Immigration, Internal migration, Population growth, Immigrants, Population geography

Subject Categories



The main objective of this dissertation is to determine what factors predict the growth or decline in foreign-born populations over the last three decades. In order to present a comprehensive analysis, this project also examines racial and ethnic differences within foreign-born population growth and the role that the unit of analysis has in affecting results in such analyses. These objectives are motivated by a number of gaps in the current literature on foreign-born population growth, especially the research on population growth in new destinations of immigrant settlement. Specifically, the primary contributions of my dissertation are that it addresses the following three gaps in the literature. First, there is no systematic analysis of foreign-born population growth in metropolitan areas since 1980. Second, we have a limited understanding of how determinants of foreign-born population growth vary across racial and ethnic groups. Third, there is no examination of whether determinants of population growth differ across varying geographic units of analysis.

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