For Immediate Release
Second-Generation Latinos in
Recent raids at Midwestern meatpacking plants have again focused national attention on immigrants and their families in
Noted scholars Lourdes Gouveia and Mary Ann Powell, from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, find that as of December 2006, Latino children made up 22.6 percent of students in the Omaha Public School District, the state’s largest, and that they are projected to be a majority in as little as five years. The authors provide a previously unavailable look at first-, second- and third generation immigrants throughout the state based on Current Population Survey data and their own Educational Attainment in Nebraska survey, noting that due to limited sample sizes, the data are more descriptive than conclusive.
Gouveia and Powell find that:
Despite this progress, hurdles remain. The majority of children of immigrants in
The authors found that of the second-generation Latino high school students who provided information on their parents’ work status for the EAN survey, 100 percent of fathers and 69 percent of mothers work. However, the majority (55.2 percent) of first-generation high school students and over a third of second-generation high school students (38.4 percent) had to work to help their parents, while only 18.2 percent of third-generation students did. Additionally, about 70 percent of Latino children surveyed said they would need a scholarship to attend college.
Additional findings, as well as data charts, are available
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