Saturday, March 23, 2019
"Shedding light on the children of immigrants who are shaping this country’s future March 14, 2019 One out of every four children in the US has at least one immigrant parent. Most are US citizens and the majority have at least one parent who is a US citizen. These children are America’s children; the nation’s future is inextricably linked to theirs. Their ability to learn, grow, and thrive is a measure of what this country will become.
The characteristics and realities of children of immigrants and their families are far more diverse and complex than suggested by stereotypes in public debate. These nine charts aim to tell a more complete story of who these children are, dispelling myths and shedding light on the diversity of their experiences, characteristics, and backgrounds."
The report includes data showing the following:
One-Quarter of US Children Are Children of Immigrants
Most Children of Immigrants Have US-Citizen Parents
Children of Immigrants’ Parents Are More Likely to Have Less Than a High School Education, but a Large Share Have a Four-Year College Degree
Children of Immigrants’ Families Work Hard, but They Are More Likely to Have Low Incomes
Children of Immigrants’ Parental Country of Origin Varies by State and Region
Most Children of Immigrants Have One or More Immigrant Parents Who Have Been in the US for Many Years
Greatest Increase in the Share of Children Who Are Children of Immigrants Has Occurred in Some Unexpected Parts of the Country
Children of Immigrants Are More Likely to Be Bilingual Than Other Children
Children of Immigrants Are More Likely to Live in Two-Parent Families
Policies Affecting Children of Immigrants Should Be Rooted in Evidence