ERIC Number: ED453148
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
The Slowing Progress of Immigrants: An Examination of Income, Home Ownership, and Citizenship, 1970-2000. Backgrounder.
Camarota, Steven A.
The U.S. immigrant population has tripled since 1970 to about 30 million, and as the 2000 Census has shown, the nation's population has become increasingly diverse. This report from the Center for Immigration Studies finds that over the last 30 years each successive wave of immigrants has fared worse than the one that preceded it. The report finds today's established immigrants (those who have lived in the country between 10 and 20 years) are much poorer, less likely to be homeowners, and less likely to have become citizens than established immigrants in the past. The deterioration in the position of immigrants is primarily explained by a significant decline in the educational attainment of immigrants relative to natives and the needs of the U.S. economy. It is often suggested that immigrants have always started out poor and that recent immigrants are no different from those of the past. The findings indicate otherwise; in the last two decades in particular, newly arrived immigrants have started out much poorer than earlier immigrants. The report concludes that the United States faces two fundamental challenges with regard to immigration: How can immigrants already here be helped to close the large gap with natives? and How can an immigration policy be crafted that selects immigrants so that this problem does not continue into the indefinite future? (Contains 12 figures and 15 notes.) (BT)
Descriptors: Citizenship, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Attainment, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Homeowners, Immigrants, Immigration, Income, Social Science Research
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Immigration Studies, Washington, DC.