Photo: Overall immigrants integrating "reasonably well," but Latinos not doing as well as other minorities
Released Monday, a study done by the Migration Policy Institute, reveals that compared to Asian, black and non-Hispanic white immigrants, Latinos are not integrating as quickly into American society.
The report’s author Tomas Jimenez, said, “Progress among the United States’ different immigration groups is highly uneven, however, Latinos are not faring as well.”
First- and second-generation Latinos tend to be more residentially segregated than Asian immigrants, and are not as socially and economically integrated as non-Hispanic whites.
The study also found that Latino citizens are less likely to vote, or even be registered to do so.
Fears that immigrants are coming to the U.S., but not assimilating to “American life” are unfounded, said the report. It actually said that though Latinos are having a harder time integrating as compared to other immigrants, overall, immigrants are doing “reasonably well,” and are even learning English more quickly than the previous influx of immigrants.
In fact, they are making progress amidst a time of minimal government assistance, with help from a strong labor market and the availability of a quality education.
Though, authors warn, illegal immigration laws, and debates on the matter could have a negative impact on that future progress.