The Latino Migration Experience in North Carolina

New Roots in the Old North State

By Hannah Gill

224 pp., 5.5 x 8.5, 11 illus., 1 map, notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-7163-8
    Published: November 2010
  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-9938-0
    Published: November 2010

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Over recent decades, the Southeast has become a new frontier for Latin American migration to and within the United States, and North Carolina has had one of the fastest growing Latino populations in the nation. Here, Hannah Gill offers North Carolinians from all walks of life a better understanding of their Latino neighbors, bringing light instead of heat to local and national debates on immigration.

Exploring the larger social forces behind demographic shifts, Gill shows both how North Carolina communities are facing the challenges and opportunities presented by these changes and how migrants experience the economic and social realities of their new lives. Latinos are no longer just visitors to the state but are part of the inevitably changing, long-term makeup of its population. Today, emerging migrant communities and the integration of Latino populations remain salient issues as the U.S. Congress stands on the verge of formulating comprehensive immigration reform for the first time in nearly three decades. Gill makes connections between hometowns and the increasing globalization of people, money, technology, and culture by shedding light on the many diverse North Carolina residents who are highly visible yet, as she shows, invisible at the same time.

About the Author

Hannah Gill is assistant director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas and research associate at the Center for Global Initiatives at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is author of Going to Carolina de Norte: Narrating Mexican Migrant Experiences.
For more information about Hannah Gill, visit the Author Page.


“An important contribution. . . .The author offers a jargon-free, clear, and concise introduction to migration studies. . . .Gill also offers a cogent, well-founded, and powerful argument for immigration reform. Highly recommended. General and undergraduate collections.” -Choice

"Fascinating. . . . It is a timely contribution to an unfolding debate about the best way forward on immigration reform. . . . This is an important book that should be on the reading lists of many a Latino-studies course."--Latin American Review of Books

“[This book] represents a historic achievement in the development of the new literature and provides an excellent introduction into the main issues regarding causes and consequences of Latina/o immigration . . . . Especially useful for students and community members interested in learning more about the migration experience in the region.”--Oral History Review

“Clearly written and informative.”--The Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians

"In this thoughtful, well-researched, and vital book, Hannah Gill humanizes the abstract, politicized issue of immigration, its impact, and how the United States handles it. Although focused on North Carolina, this book could be about any state in the Union and is an important resource to understanding how immigration connects us ever more tightly as a global family. Gill's scholarship is the best kind--informing the mind and the heart and, therefore, making us more informed communicators, thoughtful citizens, and compassionate human beings."--Julia Alvarez, award-winning author of Return to Sender and In the Time of Butterflies

"A much-needed and fascinating introduction to Latinos meeting up with the American Dream in North Carolina."--Former N.C. Governor Jim Hunt

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