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Research Report: Immigrant Students

By Corey Mitchell — September 29, 2015 1 min read
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country of their deported parents could have trouble reintegrating into American society because of an incomplete education;

Researchers from the Urban Institute, Migration Policy Institute, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Texas at Austin visited with immigrant families and organizations working with them in five sites in 2013 to map out the obstacles that children face following a parent’s detention or deportation. The sites are in South Carolina, Texas, California, and Florida.

Among the findings:

•Emotional stress, financial stress, and housing instability tied to the loss of one or more parents led to declines in school performance among children;

•U.S.-born children who return to the home country of their deported parents could have trouble reintegrating into American society because of an incomplete education;

•Unauthorized immigrant parents are less likely to apply for benefits for fear of contact with government officials, especially where large numbers of people had been deported.

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A version of this article appeared in the September 30, 2015 edition of Education Week as Immigrant Students

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