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By S. Vertovec

Diversities previous and New presents comparative analyses of recent city styles that come up below stipulations of speedy, migration-driven diversification, together with adjustments of social different types, social kinfolk and public areas. Ethnographic findings in neighbourhoods of recent York, Singapore and Johannesburg are awarded.

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Federal law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, worked with the city police to infiltrate a vast number of mosques and Muslim-owned businesses, often using informants and labelling entire organizations as terrorist. Immigrant men from a long list of ‘suspect’ nations (primarily from the Middle East and other Muslim countries) had to register with immigration authorities; many were detained without charges or deported (Mathur 2006). Surveillance of Muslims is a salient issue in Astoria because many Muslim immigrants live in the neighbourhood, particularly those from North Africa and Bangladesh, with a number mosques and organizations located there.

Many Astoria landmarks attest to the Italian presence in the neighbourhood. There are bakeries offering Italian pastries and coffee, as well as Italian delis and butcher shops. Catholic churches organize processions and festivals for Italian saints, such as Padre Pio each September. There is even a statue of Christopher Columbus in one of the parks. More than Germans and Italians, however, Astoria is emplaced on the map of New York as its Greek neighbourhood. After several waves of immigration in the 20th century, Greek immigrants are a powerful presence in Astoria.

Millions of Europeans came to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, first from countries such as Germany and Ireland, and later from Italy, Poland and Russia. Although it was not as large, there was also an earlier stream of migrants from Asia to the West Coast, stemming particularly from Japan and China. From the 1880s to the 1960s, most immigrants from Asia were summarily excluded from American citizenship as well as immigration. In the 1920s, quotas severely limited migration from Europe as well.

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