Education Report Roundup

Children of Immigrants

By Mary Ann Zehr — February 08, 2005 1 min read

The percentage of children in the United States who have immigrant parents appears to be increasingly gradually, according to a report from the Washington-based Urban Institute.

“The Health and Well-Being of Young Children of Immigrants” is available online from The Urban Institute. ()

Children who have at least one parent born outside the United States make up 22 percent of the 23.4 million children under age 6 in the United States, the study found, while 20 percent of the 49.4 million children ages 6 to 17 have at least one foreign-born parent.

Many of the children under the age of 6 who have immigrant parents live in families with low incomes and have parents with little education and limited proficiency in English, the report points out. For example, the researchers found that 29 percent of those children have parents who aren’t high school graduates.

A version of this article appeared in the February 09, 2005 edition of Education Week