ERIC Number: ED456207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug-2
Reference Count: N/A
U.S. Immigration at the Beginning of the 21st Century. Testimony before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims Hearing on "The U.S. Population and Immigration." Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives.
Passel, Jeffrey S.; Fix, Michael
This report assesses the impact of immigration on the United States. The first section examines basic demographic trends regarding the scale of immigration, its pace, and its characteristics. Census 2000 figures suggest that immigration levels, particularly levels of undocumented and temporary immigration, are substantially higher than originally believed. The second section addresses the socioeconomic characteristics of immigrants in the U.S. Questions of integration and adaptation of the new immigrants involve not only the immigrants themselves, but also their native-born offspring. The U.S.-born children of this newest wave of immigrants are reaching adulthood, so it is possible to examine how young adult children of immigrants have fared to date. Data show that previous immigrant groups have been integrated into the country, and the current group of immigrants is integrating. Considerations of immigrant adaptation lead to consideration of the country's minimal immigrant policies, the costs and benefits of immigration, and the potential need to explicitly design integration programs and policies on a larger scale than is currently done. The report draws on previous research to address immigrant integration. (SM)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Children, Immigrants, Immigration, Population Trends, Socioeconomic Status
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Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.