A Portrait of New England’s Immigrants

A Portrait of New England’s Immigrants

Antoniya Owens, “A Portrait of New England’s Immigrants,” New England Public Policy Center Research Report, November 2008. “New England is home to 1.6 million immigrants. Their number is growing far faster than that of the native population. They are more likely than natives to be of working age. Moreover, they are better educated than immigrants nationwide, with more than three quarters having a high school diploma, and close to a third holding a bachelor’s degree. For all these reasons, immigrants contribute importantly to the growth of the region’s labor force.” 

Immigration to Manchester, New Hampshire: History, Trends, and Implications

Immigration to Manchester, New Hampshire: History, Trends, and Implications

Sally Ward, Justin Young, and Curt Grimm, “Immigration to Manchester, New Hampshire: History, Trends, and Implications,” Carsey School of Public Policy, May 2014. “The origins of recent immigrants to Manchester are very different from the origins of those who labored in Amoskeag Mills. Only 30 percent of recent immigrants come from regions that gave Manchester its mill workers (North America and Europe). Today’s immigrants are more likely to come from Latin America, Asia, and Africa. In addition, since 1980, Manchester—as well as other New Hampshire localities—has been a resettlement site for international refugees, part of a program created by the Federal Refugee Act of 1980 that established resettlement sites in all states.” 

Immigration to Manchester, New Hampshire

Immigration to Manchester, New Hampshire

Sally Ward, “Immigration to Manchester, New Hampshire,” Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Spring 2015. “Immigration, historically important for Manchester’s economy, today means a younger, more diverse population, with the attendant opportunities and challenges.” 

Profile of New Hampshire’s Foreign-born Population

Profile of New Hampshire’s Foreign-born Population

Ross Gitell and Timothy Lord, “Profile of New Hampshire’s Foreign-born Population,” Carsey Institute, Spring 2008. “At the turn of the 20th century, new Hampshire had over 88,000 foreign-born persons, over 15,000 more than it has today. In 1900, the state’s concentration of foreign-born (21 percent) was higher than the national average percentage and more than three times the current percentage of 6 percent in the state. In 1900, New Hampshire ranked 15th of all states in the percentage of the foreign-born population. Currently, New Hampshire ranks 26th of the 50 states. The number of foreign-born living in new Hampshire and New England peaked around 1920…” 

Jewish Virtual Library, “Virtual Jewish World: New Hampshire.”

Jewish Virtual Library, “Virtual Jewish World: New Hampshire.”

From the site: “In 1880, a J. Wolf was the first recorded permanent Jewish resident. Ten years later the first congregation in the State, Adath Yeshurun, was organized. A second Manchester synagogue, Anshei Sfard (now Temple Israel) followed in 1897… The early Jewish settlers, particularly from the influx escaping the problems of eastern Europe, came as small merchants and trades people. Few, if any, worked in Manchester’s huge Amoskeag textile mills. The first peddlers became merchants, and the downtown areas of Manchester, Nashua, Dover, Portsmouth. Keene, and Claremont soon had numbers of Jewish entrepreneurs.” 

Center for Civic Reflection, “Fences & Neighbors: New Hampshire’s Immigration Stories.”

Center for Civic Reflection, “Fences & Neighbors: New Hampshire’s Immigration Stories.”

The three-year statewide project, which ran from the fall of 2009 through the spring of 2012, examined immigration to New Hampshire through a wide variety of formats, including oral histories, literacy programs, a documentary film, an original play, and civic reflection dialogue programs. 

Franco-American Life & Culture in Manchester, New Hampshire: Vivre la Différence

Franco-American Life & Culture in Manchester, New Hampshire: Vivre la Différence

Robert B. Perreault, Franco-American Life & Culture in Manchester, New Hampshire: Vivre la Différence, History Press, 2010. “A strong sense of unity and tradition frames a fascinating history of Manchester, New Hampshire’s Franco-American community. Author Robert B. Perreault presents this story through compelling vignettes, including the triumphant success of photographer Ulric Bourgeois, the undeniable conflict between the French and Irish immigrants, and a colorful profile of book collector and author Adelard Lambert.” 

New Hampshire Historical Society, “300 Years Ago: The Scots-Irish in Provincial New Hampshire.”

New Hampshire Historical Society, “300 Years Ago: The Scots-Irish in Provincial New Hampshire.”

“2019 marks the 300th anniversary of the Scots-Irish migration to New Hampshire. The Scots-Irish would become the largest group of non-English immigrants to the colony. At the time, they were seen as fundamentally different from the English—a different religion, a different history, and a different culture—and the English settlers greeted them with a fair amount of suspicion and hostility.”