Date of Award

Spring 5-22-2021

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Ronald Méndez-Clark, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Caley Johnson, Ph.D.


Dramatically shifting immigration patterns, incentives, and origins in the Atlantic have diminished opportunities for Dominican immigrant communities to integrate into traditional host nations like the United States, but created opportunities in emerging host nations such as Spain. Yet, the lingering impacts of the Great Recession and racial segregation have sustained or aggravated inequities in both nations. An immigrant generation cohort method analysis of integration trends between native populations and foreign-born Dominicans in the United States and Spain from 1990 to 2011 confirm persistent or increasingly segregated experiences in education, employment, and urban areas. However, as a result of greater cultural likeness and fewer barriers to the benefits of regularized legal status Dominican immigrants overall enjoy greater parity in educational, occupational, and neighborhood attainment with native populations in Spain compared to the United States, with the exception of highly uneven unemployment rates due to Spain’s susceptible social market economy and underdeveloped migratory networks.