By: Anargiros Z. Frangos, Jr. under the supervision of Kim Wilson For the vast majority of Mexicans wishing to immigrate to theRead more
By: Anargiros Z. Frangos, Jr. under the supervision of Kim Wilson et al. This collection of profiles from the UnitedRead more
By Kim Wilson et. al. This new edition of profiles builds upon Volume II, Financial Biographies of People Coping with NewRead more
By Omar Shoukry Notable deficiencies in financial management skills over the last decade in the US have encouraged a growingRead more
The Nexus Between Marginalization and Gang Conscription Amongst Refugee Youth In this issue of Fresh FINDings, we are excited toRead more
By Aaron Steinberg During the winter of 2019–2020, I interviewed two first-generation Haitian immigrants, both men in their twenties. WeRead more
Lewiston, Maine is like many of the old mill towns of New England. Abandoned mills sit at the center ofRead more
By Ella Duncan, under the supervision of Kim Wilson. New arrivals to America must navigate ongoing identification of what American norms are and make decisions about which norms to embrace, which to merge into previously held norms, and which to discard as a poor fit. Financial norms hold a special place of importance. Deciding how to manage finances in America is directly related to the ability to provide for the well-being of oneself, one’s family, and one’s community. In a series of interviews in the fall of 2019, three Burundian immigrants in southern Maine shared their creative approaches to managing American finances.Read more
By Jeffrey Ashe, Kim Wilson.
The American Dream—being able to earn a good living, buy a home, send children to school, and build a life in the United States regardless of social stature or place of birth—is an aspiration for most who immigrate to the United States. While new immigrants may be fleeing violence, poverty, and persecution—so called “push factors”—they are also pulled by the prospects of a better life for themselves and their children. Some immigrants arrive in the United States wealthy, educated, and fluent in English. These case studies focus on immigrants who may arrive with a few dollars in their pocket, struggle with English, and sometimes are without legal documents. Our research examines how immigrant households save up in groups to transform income that is irregular, uncertain, and low into regular, predictable, and meaningful sums of cash.