Child, Youth, and Family Studies, Department of



Rochelle L. Dalla

Date of this Version



The Business Journal of Hispanic Research 2010, Vol. 4, No. 1, 43-55.


© The Business Journal of Hispanic Research 2010


The premise of this research is that rural immigrants comprise a significant source of untapped human and social capital necessary for community development. However, to capitalize on the growing ethnic diversity in rural America, immigrant newcomers must want to stay in their new rural communities. This investigation was designed to identify factors necessary to enhance rural Latino immigrants’ long-term residential stability. Thus, we sought to: (1) identify perceptions of rural residence, with particular attention to employment opportunities and challenges; (2) assess formal support availability and community issues of greatest concern to rural Latinas; and (3) identify strategies for creating bi-cultural communities. To achieve these goals, qualitative and quantitative data were collected from first-generation immigrant Latinas and their second-generation peers residing in five rural Nebraska communities. Recommendations for service and outreach are provided, as are suggestions for continued research and scholarship.