Foreign-Born Are More Likely Than Native-Born to Earn Advanced

Damien Hall djh514 at
Thu Jan 29 20:14:52 UTC 2009

This article makes fascinating reading. I suppose the headline conclusion 
could be predicted for at least one reason: that one prominent reason for 
foreigners to come and be resident in the USA would be that, by virtue of 
their advanced qualifications, they were better-qualified for some job than 
any American who happened to apply for it. Therefore, if you are a 
foreigner and legally resident in the States, you are more likely to have 
higher qualifications.

For obvious reasons, though, the article only talks about foreign-born 
people who are resident in the USA; since Census Bureau data are being 
discussed, I presume this means people who have the legal status of 
Resident Alien, and maybe also citizens who were not born in the States. 
Others (Non-Resident Aliens) are not considered by the Census Bureau; at 
least, during my five years in the States, I was never contacted by the 
Census Bureau, though, since censuses are decennial, that doesn't 
necessarily prove anything. In any case, does anyone know whether there are 
statistics anywhere covering Non-Residents, and/or foreigners who earn 
advanced degrees in the States? Clearly, most people who earn advanced 
degrees in the States are Americans, but it would still be interesting to 


Damien Hall

University of York
Department of Language and Linguistic Science
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