Children in immigrant families are either foreign born or live with at least one foreign-born parent. This group of 18 million kids represents nearly 25% of the nation’s child population.
At the state level, immigration has played a significant role in shaping the local child population. From 1990 to 2017, 38 states plus the District of Columbia reported that their share of children in immigrant families at least doubled. In 20 states, it at least tripled. And in 12 states — led by North Carolina, Tennessee, Nebraska and Arkansas — the share of children in immigrant families at least quadrupled.
Refugees make up a small fraction of the 1.4 million immigrants who come to the United States each year. In 2016, approximately 85,000 individuals with refugee status were admitted into the country to escape persecution based on race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political viewpoint.
Although high-skilled immigrants fill an important need in many industries, they also fill gaps in low-skilled, low-wage jobs, which can leave kids in immigrant families economically vulnerable. More than 50% of kids living in immigrant families are low-income and approximately 25% are poor.
The percentage of children in immigrant families whose parents do not have secure employment increased from 2008 to 2011.
In 2011, 88% of children living in immigrant families were U.S. citizens.
Developing pathways for parents to become financially stable and support their children’s healthy development and academic success.
From flu shots to school physicals, basic medical care is vital to growing up healthy. Yet, for immigrant families, the hurdles to health care can be steep. This policy brief is set in Wisconsin but packed with statistics, stories and solutions that cross all geographic boundaries. Its main message? We must do more to connect America’s immigrant families with quality, timely medical care — and here’s how.
This data brief is the fourth in a series that profiles children of immigrants. It focuses on immigrant families’ incomes, economic well-being and use of public benefits.
This brief presents trends about children of immigrants, including links to race, poverty and education.
This one-page brief examines the impact of enforcement raids on immigrant children and their families.
Using Texas as a case study, this report looks at undocumented children in state child welfare systems because of abuse or neglect – and ways to improve the process by which these children may obtain legal residency.
This data report presents a full picture of immigrants in Maryland in the context of ethnic origin, education, economic status, public services and more. Data are broken down by counties.