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Latino Daily News

Monday March 25, 2013

STUDY:  Latinos Leaving Segregated Neighborhoods Except for Mexicans

STUDY:  Latinos Leaving Segregated Neighborhoods Except for Mexicans

Photo: Segregated Mexican Neighborhoods

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The Hispanic community, with the exception of people of Mexican origin, is becoming less and less segregated in the United States.

“It surprised us to find changes in the residential patterns in the majority of Hispanic groups because up to now we believed that there had been no alterations in recent decades,” Brown University sociology professor John R. Logan told Efe on Monday.

Logan is one of the authors of “Hispanics in the United States: Not Only Mexicans,” which also states that the Honduran and Guatemalan communities are growing more rapidly than the Mexican one, though people from the Aztec nation still represent 60 percent of the 50.5 million U.S. Hispanics.

The report, which analyzes data from the 2010 Census, found that the trend among Hispanics to concentrate in neighborhoods separate from the rest of the population has diminished.

“When we analyze the trends and the levels of separation of each group by their country of origin with respect to whites, we see that - except for Mexicans - there has been a significant decline in the level of segregation,” Logan said.

He said that, in his opinion, this is “surprising and also encouraging because it shows us that the boundaries are not as clearly marked as we had thought.”

Although one might expect that Mexicans would be those with a greater tendency to mix in with the larger population since the second generation of that group is increasing, the reality is that there are other communities that are integrating to a greater degree within the population as a whole.

Of all the Latino groups studied, Dominicans are the ones who are in the “worst situation,” while Argentines and Venezuelans are among those who have a higher level of education and less of a tendency toward segregation, even though they may have arrived in this country more recently than the members of other communities.