Report reveals how US immigrants will integrate by 2030
Posted on November 28, 2011
LOS ANGELES – A new nationwide study reveals immigrants are assimilating into American life at the same rate as their predecessors despite other reports that suggest otherwise.
A report from The Center for American Progress(a non-partisan think tank) reveals that by 2030 immigrants, who arrived in the past 10 years, are on track to achieve great success when it comes to integrating in American life – like learning English and contributing to the economy.
Hispanic immigrants show positive rates of advancement especially in homeownership; immigrant youth below the age of 20 who arrive here have a higher chance of graduating from high school and college.
“The coming decade is a pivotal period in the nation’s economic history and deserves to be closely monitored,” wrote the authors Dowell Myers and John Pitkin in the Assimilation Tomorrow: How America’s Immigrants Will Integrate by 2030 report.
“The findings of this study demonstrate how rapidly the new immigrant residents are likely to advance. Their success will be a vitally important contribution to the new economy.”
Myers and Pitkins argue that immigrants are an important part of the fabric of America, and policymakers today need to pay attention to legislation affecting immigrants.
“What we as a nation do in the future – whether we pass an immigration reform package that allows all immigrants living in the shadows to become legal and become full and productive members of society or not — will have a great impact on our progress going forward,” Myers and Pitkins said.
The report comes at a time when debates about illegal and legal immigration continue to heat up around the US, especially with the presidential election just around the corner.
Some people have complained that immigrants are not adjusting to American life and have failed to learn how to speak English and leech off of taxpayers.
However, the study predicts the percent of immigrants speaking English well or very well is projected to rise from 57.5 percent to 70.3 percent, and those living in poverty are projected to fall from 22.8 percent to 13.4 percent.
The study also found that immigrants are 30 percent more likely to start a business and that 71 percent will own a home by 2030.
During a conference call about the report, the authors stressed that there are some immigrants currently living in poverty, but don’t become static.
“This report demonstrates the great potential of immigrant residents. Immigrants do not remain mired in their status as newcomers but surge ahead on many scores. Their progress has been extraordinary and it could become even greater but for the growing number of obstacles placed in the path of many immigrants.”
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