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ERIC Number: EJ976752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb-28
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1938-5978
New Kind of Ellis Island as Second-Generation Immigrants Land on College Campuses
Hohn, Marcia Drew; Mohammed, Denzil
New England Journal of Higher Education, Feb 2012
Demographics in American higher education are changing dramatically. A recent study by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) reveals that 11.3 million people ages 16 to 26 (one in four) are first- and second-generation immigrants. Moreover, the report continues, between 1995 and 2010, immigrant-origin youth accounted for half of all growth in the nation's population of young people overall. These demographics and characteristics have huge implications for higher education. Simply stated, two- and four-year colleges will see dramatically rising numbers of second-generation immigrant students. The need to gain deeper knowledge about this group has never been greater. The Immigrant Learning Center's recently released study, "Adult Children of Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Memories and Influences," provides insight into the backgrounds and experiences of second-generation students who talk about family businesses, families, graduate schools and career choices. These children of immigrant entrepreneurs were expected to help with the businesses, but their parents also saw education as the path to a better life and encouraged their educational pursuits.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts