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The immigrant population in the United States has burgeoned over the past few decades. From 1990 to 2006, the number of immigrants rose from 20 million to more than 37 million. Urban Institute immigration policy experts study how the foreign-born population is growing, integrating, and changing.

We have analyzed immigrants' contributions to the labor force and the economy, tracked fast-growing immigrant communities, studied the effect of No Child Left Behind on immigrant children and English Language Learners, and surveyed foreign-born households’ health, well-being, and economic mobility. Read more.

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Immigrant Youth Outcomes: Patterns by Generation and Race and Ethnicity (Research Report)
Maria E. Enchautegui

This report compares immigrant and nonimmigrant youth along 40 indicators of wellbeing, making comparisons by generation and by race and ethnicity. Immigrant youth are born abroad or born in the United States of foreign-born parents. In most outcomes examined, immigrant youth become more similar to nonimmigrants across successive generations, but inequalities persist in most outcomes. Analysis by race and ethnicity show a U turn in third generation Latinos as differentials that had been reduced or that had disappeared by the second generation reemerge or increase by the third generation.

Posted to Web: September 23, 2014Publication Date: September 23, 2014

From Cradle to Career: The Multiple Challenges Facing Immigrant Families in Langley Park Promise Neighborhood (Research Report)
Molly M. Scott, Graham MacDonald, Juan Collazos, Ben Levinger, Eliza Leighton, Jamila Ball

With estimates predicting that immigrants and their children will account for most of U.S. population growth over the next 4 decades, it is critical to understand how to build ladders of opportunity for these families. This report is a complete assessment of the needs of Langley Park, an immigrant neighborhood outside Washington, DC. Langley Park families are resilient but experience substantial hardships that may stall the progress of subsequent generations. At six crucial life transitions, children lag behind on indicators of future success. Fortunately, the data pinpoint not only the gaps, but also opportunities for change.

Posted to Web: June 23, 2014Publication Date: June 23, 2014

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