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ERIC Number: ED506971
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 19
Children of Immigrants: National and State Characteristics. Brief 9, August 2009
Fortuny, Karina; Capps, Randy; Simms, Margaret; Chaudry, Ajay
Urban Institute (NJ1)
Up-to-date state information on the characteristics and population size of children of immigrants is essential for planning and implementing educational, health, housing, labor, and other social programs that affect children, their families, and other residents. This brief, a companion to the Urban Institute's new interactive Children of Immigrants Data Tool, provides a glimpse of the national and state characteristics of children of immigrants based on 2005 and 2006 American Community Survey data. This brief highlights national findings and variations across states, while the web tool allows users to obtain more detailed data about individual states. The brief examines immigration trends and finds that children of immigrants are the fastest growing segment of the nation's children population --while the number of children of natives increased by 2.1 million between 1990 and 2007, children of immigrants grew by 8.1 million accounting for 77 percent of the growth of the U.S. children population during this time. Specific findings include: (1) In 2006, children of immigrants made up more than 10 percent of the total child population in 29 states, up from 16 states in 1990; (2) Half of children of immigrants live in California, Texas, and New York, but their numbers are growing across the country; (3) Young children are more likely to have immigrant parents: 24 percent of children age 0 to 5 have immigrant parents versus 21 percent of children age 6 to 17; (4) Almost a third of children of immigrants live in mixed-status families where the children are U.S. citizens but their parents are noncitizens; and (5) Children of immigrants are substantially more likely to be poor (22 percent) and low income (51 percent) than children of natives (16 and 35 percent, respectively). (Contains 11 figures, 2 appendix tables, and 20 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Urban Institute