Monday, December 15, 2008

Ecuadoreans in New York

In an article in the New York Times today, writers Kareem Fahim and Karen Zraick write about the vicious killing of an Ecuadorean immigrant in New York and how it is rocking the community there. New York is host to the largest population of Ecuadorians in the United States, and the man was beaten to death in a largely Ecuadorean neighborhood.

I find this interesting for a few reasons. First, many of my students have family members who live in the United States, and most of those relatives live in New York. Second, I'm always thinking of my own safety as a foreigner here in Ecuador, but meanwhile back home it can be just as dangerous for foreigners. There are good people and bad people just about everywhere you go.

The article is well written and talks about the immigration from Ecuador to New York over the last 50 years or so. There have been three big waves of immigration from this country to the United States, and most of the immigrants have settled in New York City. Give it a read.

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