Friday, June 13, 2008

Study Says Foreigners In U.S. Adapt Quickly

"A major reason for...disparities in assimilation levels may be the high percentage of Mexican immigrants who are in the country illegally, Vigdor said. When only cultural factors are considered, Mexicans score almost as high as Vietnamese and higher than immigrants from countries such as India and China... 'If you're in the country illegally, a lot of the avenues of assimilation are cut off to you,' he said. "There are lot of jobs you can't get, and you can't become a citizen."

By N.C. Aizenman, Washington Post
May 13, 2008

Immigrants of the past quarter-century have been assimilating in the United States at a notably faster rate than did previous generations, according to a study released today.

Modern-day immigrants arrive with substantially lower levels of English ability and earning power than those who entered during the last great immigration wave at the turn of the 20th century. The gap between today's foreign-born and native populations remains far wider than it was in the early 1900s and is particularly large in the case of Mexican immigrants, the report said. [...]

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