ERIC Number: ED382089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
The Foreign-Born Population of the 1990s: A Summary Profile.
Research Briefs, v5 n6 1994
This report examined the demographic characteristics, educational attainment, language ability, labor force participation, and income levels of citizen and non-citizen immigrants in the United States in 1990. Based on recent census data, the report found that the foreign-born population of the United States, at nearly 20 million, is growing 4 times faster than the total U.S. population, and is the fastest growing segment of the population. Nearly 2.2 million immigrant children were enrolled in the nation's elementary and secondary schools, and about 2 million immigrants were enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities. Nearly half of all immigrants reported that they did not speak English "very well," and 28 percent reported they lived in households where very little or no English was spoken. About 20 percent of all immigrants in the civilian labor force were employed in managerial and professional fields. Of this figure, 44 percent were employed in health services and 29 percent were in educational services. As many as 45 percent of immigrants had household incomes lower than $25,000, and 15 percent of all immigrant families lived in poverty. (MDM)
Descriptors: Demography, Educational Attainment, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Patterns, English (Second Language), Enrollment, Family Income, Higher Education, Immigrants, Language Proficiency, Low Income, Poverty
American Council on Education, One Dupont Circle, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036 (single copy $10; 8-issue annual subscription $58).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC. Div. of Policy Analysis and Research.