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Pew Hispanic Center
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Existing Data Largest and youngest minority in U.S. Young Latinos (ages 16-25) are satisfied with their lives, optimistic about their futures, and place a high value on education. More likely to drop out of school and become teenage parents, live in poverty, high levels of exposure to gangs (often associated with immigrant experience) (most Latino youths are not immigrants)
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Identity and Assimilation Immigrant assimilation means more than economic and social measures mentioned earlier. It also has a psychological dimension. Over the course of several generations, the immigrant family typically loosens its identity from the old country and binds it to the new. 52% identify themselves with family’s country of origin 20% use Hispanic or Latino to describe themselves 24% generally use the term “American” first
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Immigration in                 Historical Perspective
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Unformatted text preview: Latin American-dominated immigration wave is the largest in U.S. history 20 million immigrants from Latin America have come to U.S. since 1965 (50% of all immigrants) Illegal immigration --- backlashes from the waves Scholars believe that children and grandchildren of today’s Hispanic immigrants will enjoy the same upward mobility experienced by the offspring of European immigrants in previous centuries Rationale: Upward Mobility Unskilled laborers’ difficulty to climb upward mobility Illegal status of immigrants Fatalism of Latin American cultures is a poor fit America’s growing tolerance for cultural diversity Latinos’ brown skin makes assimilation difficult So what? Factors of intergenerational mobility * different skills * education levels * other forms of human capital *period effects (e.g. LA riot in 1992)...
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2010 for the course EDUC 12082 taught by Professor Flores during the Fall '10 term at UC Irvine.

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