Children of immigrants account for about one-quarter of children in the nation under age 5, and their share of school enrollment will grow as they move into elementary school, according to a report on student demographics by the Washington-based Urban Institute. Immigrants’ children are more likely than those of U.S.-born parents to live in two-parent families, which the researchers say is a favorable factor for their well-being. But they also are more likely than children of native-born parents to live in poverty. The study finds that few immigrant families with children use public benefits, even though they have low incomes.
The report also says, however, that no single picture of children of immigrants is true for every state.
A version of this article appeared in the September 02, 2009 edition of Education Week