USA Today reports on how a growing Hispanic population is transforming Pennsylvania cities like Allentown, Bethlehem and Reading.
The Hispanic immigrant experience deeply mirrors that of Europeans, particularly from Italy and Poland, says Emilio Parrado, a University of Pennsylvania professor who specializes in Hispanic immigration. These immigrants came from disadvantaged backgrounds, and in many cases, took more than three generations to make significant progress in education, employment and intermarriage.Original source: USA TodayRead the full story here.
Today, Hispanic small-business ownership is booming, especially in restaurant work, construction and landscaping, where fluent English might not be a necessity. The 2007 survey of business owners by the Census Bureau showed that Hispanic business ownership had grown by 43% in just five years.
"They look for opportunities to move up, socially," Parrado explains. "That's why the immigrants, especially, they work a lot, they work more than one job. And they try to provide opportunities for their kids, to send them to school. They look for better housing, and they open businesses. And everything is guided by this expectation of social mobility."