This report shares facts and statistics about children from immigrant families living in North Carolina. It aims to educate the public and engage policymakers in meaningful conversations about eliminating the barriers that these children and their families face.
Supporting kids of immigrant families = supporting our nation’s future
Findings & Stats
In North Carolina, 84% of children in immigrant families are U.S. citizens.
A Mixing Pot
The national origins of North Carolina’s children in immigrant families are diverse, with families coming from Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe.
Nearly 80% of school-age children in immigrant families are fluent in English; 45% are bilingual.
One-third of kids in immigrant families live in linguistically isolated households, where no one over the age of 13 speaks English exclusively or very well.
Although the majority of immigrant parents in North Carolina work, kids in immigrant families are more likely to live in low-income households compared to their U.S.-born peers.
Statements & Quotations
From 2000 to 2007, every state in the South has seen at least a 70% increase in the number of children in immigrant families.
Children in immigrant families comprise 15% of the child population of the state, and the vast majority of them are U.S. citizens, but many of them are blocked out of the health care system, pushed out of school and relegated to the economic margins.
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