U.S. immigrants appear to be integrating faster than expected, according to a new report, which finds that the grandchildren of Hispanics and Asians are less likely to identify themselves by these ethnicities on government surveys than their parents and grandparents are.
This is especially true of children of mixed marriages.
“Most of this ethnic attrition, or most of this kind of missing identification, is from inter-marriage,” said economist Stephen Trejo of the University of Texas at Austin. “So, if both of my parents have Hispanic ancestry, then it's almost for sure that I'm labeled as Hispanic. But, if I only have Hispanic ancestry on one...
People often immigrate to a new country to seek a better life for their children. In their new country, immigrant children very often show rapid upward mobility. But immigrants are very far from being a homogenous group, arriving with very different levels of education, skills, and economic resources. So how are the children of one particular group—Hispanic immigrants—doing?
The answer to that question hinges on the point of comparison.
Hispanic children fare quite badly in the U.S. compared to other Americans
One way to look at how second generation immigrants are faring is to compare them to other groups in the U.S., including whites. Through this lens a familiar picture can...
- Posted By: Myriam Grajales-Hall
- Written by: Migration Policy Institute Report
The United States is in the midst of its fourth wave of mass immigration, this one characterized by newcomers from Latin America, Asia, and the Caribbean. Even though immigration is a prominent part of the country’s DNA, fears about immigrants’ ability to integrate have accompanied each new immigration influx, and the current one has been no exception.
A report published by the Migration Policy Institute says that the nation's Latinos seem to be having a tougher time when compared to Asian, black and non-Hispanic white immigrants.
Integration is not necessarily as smooth process. It entails uncomfortable...