There are more than 17 million children living in America's immigrant families. The vast majority are U.S. citizens who were born in the United States to foreign-born parents. However, the well-being of children in immigrant families varies based on their parents' country of origin, education, and the circumstances of their migration to the United States. Ensuring that all children are thriving as they reach adulthood is critical for building a strong foundation for the next generation of youth.
The rapid increase in immigrant youth has created a demographic rift between generations. Aging baby boomers, most of whom are non-Hispanic white, are being replaced by a younger cohort that is much more likely to be Hispanic, multiracial, or Asian. With funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, PRB staff authored a report, Children in Immigrant Families Chart New Path, which focused on the growing demographic divide in the United States and the unique characteristics of the 17 million U.S. children living with parents born outside the United States.
With support from the Casey Foundation, PRB produced custom tabulations on children in immigrant families from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. Data are available on the KIDS COUNT Data Center website.
PRB staff also co-authored a report with the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) titled Immigration: Data Matters, which points data users to the best sources of immigration data, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation's KIDS COUNT website.
For more information: Mark Mather, associate vice president, U.S. Programs, 202-483-1100.