Demographics

Immigrants in the United States: How Well Are they Integrating into Society?

Report Author: 
Tomas R. Jimenez
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 May

Sociologist Tomás Jiménez examines the integration of immigrants in the USA across five indicators: language proficiency, socioeconomic attainment, political participation, residential locale and social interaction with host communities. Jiménez finds the recent inflow of immigrants is integrating reasonably well—and learning English faster than ever before—almost entirely without the help of policy intervention.

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Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Estimates of the Unauthorized Immigrant Population Residing in the United States: January 2009

Report Author: 
Michael Hoefer, Nancy Rytina, and Bryan C. Baker
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Feb

DHS estimates that the unauthorized immigrant population living in the United States decreased to 10.8 million in January 2009 from 11.6 million in January 2008. Between 2000 and 2009, the unauthorized population grew by 27 percent. Of all unauthorized immigrants living in the United States in 2009, 63 percent entered before 2000, and 62 percent were from Mexico.

Source Organization: 
Department of Homeland Security

Essential to the Fight: Immigrants in the Military, Eight Years After 9/11

Report Author: 
Lt. Col. Margaret D. Stock
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Nov

This report highlights the critical role immigrants are playing in today's military. The report notes that without the contributions of immigrants, the military could not meet its recruiting goals and could not fill its need for foreign-language translators, interpreters and cultural experts.

Source Organization: 
Immigration Policy Center

Keeping Migrants Here: Recent Research Shows Unintended Consequences of U.S. Border Enforcement

Report Author: 
Immigration Policy Center
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Jun

 

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Source Organization: 
Immigration Policy Center

American Roots in the Immigrant Experience

Report Author: 
Immigration Policy Center
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Oct

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released data on the Latino population of the United States that underscores the extent to which the immigrant experience is embedded in the social (and political) fabric of the United States. The political significance of these statistics is apparent in the most recent IPC Fact Check.

Source Organization: 
Immigration Policy Center

Current Population Survey Releases Data on 2008 Foreign-born Population

The U.S. Census has released new data on the Foreign-Born Population of the United States: 2007 and 2008 from the Current Population Survey. This is National-level tabulations on this population group showing a wide range of characteristics including education, marital status, employment status, occupation and industry, earnings and poverty, and household type and tenure. Unique to this data set are tables that show the foreign-born population by these characteristics crossed by generation status (i.e., first, second or third).

Imagine all the people: Brazilian immigrants in Boston

Report Author: 
Boston Redevelopment Authority
Original Date of Publication: 
2009 Jun

A profile of Brazilian immigrants in Boston

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Source Organization: 
Boston Redevelopment Authority

Thinking Ahead About Our Immmigrant Future: New Trends and Mutual Benefits in Our Aging Society

Report Author: 
Dowell Myers
Original Date of Publication: 
2008 Jan

There are two stories now being told about immigration and the future of America. Each has some basis in fact,although one is based on newer trends and is more optimistic than the other. These stories differ in their answers tothree crucial questions: whether immigration to the United States is accelerating out of control or is slowing; how muchimmigrants are assimilating into American society and progressing economically over time; and how importantimmigrants are to the U.S. economy. The pessimistic story—in which immigration is portrayed as increasing

Source Organization: 
Immigration Policy Center

A Portrait of New England's Immigrants

Report Author: 
Antoniya Owens
Original Date of Publication: 
2008 Nov

New England is home to 1.6 million immigrants. Their number is growing far faster than that of the native population. They are more likely than natives to be of working age. Moreover, they are better educated than immigrants nationwide, with more than three quarters having a high school diploma, and close to a third holding a bachelor’s degree. For all these reasons, immigrants contribute importantly to the growth of the region’s labor force.

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Source Organization: 
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Challenges to Multiculturalism

Report Author: 
Jorge Capetillo-Ponce

An anti-bilingual education referendum was offered to citizens of Massachusetts in November of 2002. The referendum read, in part, “The current state law providing for transitional bilingual education in public schools will be replaced with a law requiring that, with limited exceptions, all public school children must be taught English by being taught all subjects in English and being placed in English language classrooms.” The University of Massachusetts Gaston Institute analyzed the results of that referendum, here reported on by Jorge Capetillo-Ponce.

 

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Source Organization: 
University of Massachusetts
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