Immigrants who were celebrities in home countries face abrupt change in status
- July 18, 2011
- Ruben Rumbaut, sociology professor, is quoted in the Washington Post and Daily Herald July 10, 2011
From the Post:
For celebrities, immigrating is rarely their first choice. People who are famous or hold high-status jobs in their home countries don't tend to leave unless they are forced to do so, said Ruben Rumbaut, a sociology professor at the University of California at Irvine. Looking at the psychological well-being of Laotians, Vietnamese and Hmong who fled communist rule in the 1970s and '80s, he found that initially, "the people that had the worst outcomes were those who had lost the most status." Over time, though, they tended to fare better than other immigrants because they had "more resources, human capital and networks to help them," Rumbaut said.
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