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Study Report

Study Number: SM-019-001-1-1-USA-ICPSR-1983

Subject Area: Minorities and Race Relations

Bibliographic Citation: Adaptation process of Cuban (Mariel) and Haitian refugees in south Florida, 1983-1987.  [machine-readable data file] / Portes, Alejandro  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9750

Date Accessioned: 8/11/1997

Number of Files Received: 9

Comments: This study is on ICPSR CD-ROM release 0016.

This CD-ROM has a DOS overlay on the ISO 9660 format. It can be used on systems that can read ISO 9660 CD-ROM discs, including UNIX, DOS, Windows, and Macintosh. For some UNIX systems, files on this CD-ROM may require a dos2unix conversion.

Codebooks and other documentation are provided in Portable Document Format (PDF). These PDF files can be viewed, searched, and printed with the Adobe Acrobat Reader software included on this CD-ROM.

All data files are provided as text files (ASCII format). Some data files are provided in portable SPSS format as well. In addition, some data files are accompanied by SAS or SPSS data definition statements, which can be used to generate system files for SAS or SPSS. The file names used by these statements will have to be modified by the data user.

A readme file and a file containing abstracts of all datasets on this CD-ROM are provided in ASCII format. These files can be read by standard text editors. The readme file and abstract file are also provided as PDF files.

Access Status: Access restricted to U.W. Madison campus

Date Ordered: 8/11/1997

Documentation: Data file(s) are accompanied by SAS or SPSS data definition statements, which can be used to generate system files for SAS or SPSS. Study documentation (including codebook) is provided in Portable Document Format (PDF). See the DPLS Help with PDF Documents for information on this file format. See also the ICPSR Web Site for online access to the study documentation.

Abstract: This survey was designed to examine economic, social, and psychological adaptation of Cuban and Haitian refugees to American society. Cuban (those arriving from the port of Mariel) or Haitian immigrants aged 18 to 60 who arrived in the United States in 1980 or after and settled in designated areas in South Florida were interviewed in 1983 and 1984, with a follow-up interview being conducted in 1986 and 1987. The first interview elicited background information on the two refugee samples and established baseline data on their situations and attitudes shortly after their arrival in the United States. The follow-up interview was designed to gauge changes in respondents' socioeconomic situations, social relations, ethnic identities, and attitudes. Major demographic variables include marital status, number of children, education, present and prior occupations, date and community of birth, prior residency in the United States, and religious practices. Respondents were also asked about their reasons for coming to the United States, plans to change residency, perceptions of discrimination in the United States, and aspirations concerning future occupations, salary, education, and opportunities to reach their goals. The follow-up interview expanded upon or recorded changes in these areas and also added items on perceptions of problems in the United States, ethnicity of social relationships and neighborhood, satisfaction with living in the United States, plans to return to their homeland, languages spoken, read, and listened to, whether residence was owned or rented, and whether the respondent had become a United States citizen.

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