Asian immigrants driving education level up in US states

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Thu Sep 13 16:29:37 UTC 2007


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   WASHINGTON: Immigrants from Asian nations like India and China, nearly
half of them holding at least a bachelor's degree, are raising average
education levels in many American states, according to latest official
statistics. Although the number of immigrants in America has reached an
all-time high of 37.5 million in 2006, there is significant disparity in
education and income levels, the Census Bureau, which released the data,
said.
Immigrants from India and China are driving the Asian percentages up in the
realm of education either arriving with a bachelor's degree or getting a
higher degree upon arrival, the Bureau pointed out.  Asian immigrants are
raising average education levels in many states, with nearly half of them
holding at least a bachelor's degree.

"There is no one-size-fits-all policy that you could apply for all immigrant
groups. I think most of the attention has been on low-skilled workers coming
from Mexico. But we have 10 million immigrants from Asia, a number that's
growing," Mark Mather of the Population Reference Bureau said.

About 48 per cent of Asian immigrants held at least a bachelor's degree,
compared with about 11 per cent of immigrants from Latin America. Among
people born in the US, about 27 per cent were college graduates. "Driving
this are people coming from China and India," Mather said. "They are either
coming with a bachelor's degree, or they are coming with visas and getting
degrees once they arrive."

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Harold F. Schiffman

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