Sunday, July 21, 2024

Pew Study Finds Most Hispanic Children Second Generation

Latino Children

A Pew Hispanic Center report reveals that a majority of Hispanic children are now the U.S.-born children of immigrants, primarily Mexicans who came to this country in an immigration wave that started around 1980.

The report analyzed the most recent Census data and shows a dramatic demographic shift among the nation’s 16 million Hispanic children, who are one of the fastest-growing child populations in the United States and currently account for more than one out of five U.S. children.

In 1980, nearly six in 10 Latino children had native-born U.S. citizen parents and grandparents. The report finds that currently 52 percent of all Latino children have parents who were born abroad.

The nation’s 1.7 million first-generation immigrant Latino children, who are more likely to be in their early teens, face significant challenges compared to their peers. One-third live in poverty, 43 percent are not fluent in English, and nearly half were born to parents who never finished high school.

Jeffery Passel, the author of the report concludes that by 2025, nearly one in three children in the United States will be Latino.

To view the full report please click here.

Washington Post

United Press International