Study: Immigrants In U.S. Assimilating Well
They will speak better English, obtain more college degrees and have higher incomes than previous immigrants.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Aired 11/17/11 on KPBS News.
A new study examining the latest Census data finds those who emigrate to the U.S., especially young immigrants, are assimilating well.
Analyzing demographic trends - including education, home ownership, and English proficiency - the researchers project that by 2030, the current immigrant population will speak better English, have obtained more college degrees, and have higher income levels than previous immigrants.
Myers and Pitkin concluded they are doing better than immigrants who end up in some European countries.
"The coming decade is a pivotal period in the nation’s economic history and deserves to be closely monitored," the authors wrote in the introduction. "The findings of this study demonstrate how rapidly the new immigrant residents are likely to advance. Their success will be a vitally important contribution to the new economy."
There are an estimated 40 million foreign-born residents in the U.S. today; the most ever. That statistic also includes about 12 million undocumented immigrants.