The immigrant experience changes, reflects and reveals significant lessons with regard to public social environments. The traditional pattern for many immigrants generally begins with their arrival into a transitionary geographical area functioning as a reception and processing center. In the United States the path from urban ghetto to suburbs represents a repeatable pattern in which an immigrant group establishes itself in an enclave close to labor markets, followed by an exodus to an intermediary, but nearby site. With economic success they ultimately move into the suburbs. In other countries, the relationship of immigrant community to city is quite different, as is the case of Paris. This symposia will explore the changing nature of the relationship between immigrants and cities from diverse disciplinary perspectives including environmental psychology, sociology and communication studies.