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ERIC Number: ED383799
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-22
Pages: 16
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What Do Fertility Rates Have To Do with Immigration Concerns in California?
Walker-Moffat, Wendy
In California, the principal focus of the debate over immigrants has been on undocumented Mexican-born women and their children. This is because they are the largest immigrant group in California and because the women and their children are the primary beneficiaries of the highest-cost state government budget items related to immigrants. Using census data, this analysis finds that Mexican-born women who entered the United States between 1987 and 1990 have a fertility rate lower than that of U.S.-born Latinas, lower than Americans as a group, and lower than the replacement rate. Most of these women were between the ages of 15 and 24. It is logical to expect the fertility rate of these young women to increase as they grow older, but the lifetime fertility rate for immigrants will reflect their levels of education. The importance of education to lower the fertility rate has often been pointed out, even though no clear explanation has been provided. Many of the assumptions upon which the assessment of costs of immigrants are based are wrong because most studies to date have ignored the single most important variable in the assessment of immigrant costs: fertility rates. Most studies have also ignored the connection between changes in the fertility rate of recent immigrants, and the legalizations of almost five million Mexican immigrants in the 1980s. (Contains 49 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California