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ERIC Number: ED418204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Generations of Diversity: Latinos in the United States.
del Pinal, Jorge; Singer, Audrey
Population Bulletin, v52 n3 p1-48 Oct 1997
Early in the 21st century, Hispanic Americans will become the largest U.S. ethnic minority. By 2050, the Hispanic, or Latino, population is projected to number around 100 million and constitute 25% of the U.S. population, up from 11% in 1996. This "Population Bulletin" looks at three aspects of the U.S. Hispanic population: (1) their growing numbers; (2) their increasing diversity; and (3) their relative well-being. Immigration has contributed about one-third of the recent growth of the Hispanic population. It has also changed the Hispanics' ethnic profile by increasing the share of Central and South Americans. Future levels of Hispanic immigration will depend on U.S. policies, political events, and economic health, but immigration is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Fertility will contribute most future population growth. Many socioeconomic factors, including the choice of marriage partner, will affect the future fertility (and consequently the size) of the U.S. Hispanic population. Hispanics' low average socioeconomic status presents many barriers to their full participation in U.S. society and political life. Improving Hispanics' educational attainment is key to enhancing their well-being, but the U.S. public must also be willing to acknowledge their contribution and to help them to succeed. (Contains 9 tables, 13 figures, 4 boxes, and 87 references.) (Author/SLD)
Descriptors: Demography, Economic Factors, Educational Attainment, Ethnic Groups, Hispanic Americans, Immigrants, Immigration, Political Influences, Socioeconomic Influences
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