MPI Report Documents Progress of Immigrant Youth

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WASHINGTON – The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released a new report documenting the educational and workforce progress of young adults who are first-generation immigrants and the U.S.-born children of immigrants. According to the report, second-generation Hispanic women are faring particularly well, with college enrollment rates equal to those of third-generation non-Hispanic white women. However, they are not graduating from college at the same rate or on the same timeline because of family, work, or economic reasons.

The report, "Up for Grabs: The Gains and Prospects of First- and Second-Generation Young Adults," examined how immigrant youth (ages 16-26) fare compared to third-generation Americans in high school and college enrollment rates, employment, income levels and English proficiency. Young people from immigrant families represent one in four people in the United States between the ages of 16 and 26 and accounted for half of the growth of the young adult population between 1995 and 2010.

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