Immigrant Study Provides New Insights

September 15, 1997

Legal immigrants are more educated as a group than native-born U.S citizens, according to a just-released survey of new immigrants.

This news is among many valuable findings about an increasingly important group in American society. The findings come from a new comprehensive survey funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development with support from the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

"In perhaps no other area of public policy is there such a large gap between information needs and existing data," says Mark R. Rosenzweig, an economist at the University of Pennsylvania. He and fellow researchers at Penn, New York University and Rand Corp. have set out to close the fact gap with a pilot study that gathers hard data on an elusive subject.

Among the study's preliminary findings: Along with Rosenzweig, the research team for the New Immigrant Survey Pilot Study: Preliminary Results are: Guillermina Jasso, New York University; Douglas Massey, University of Pennsylvania; and James P. Smith, Rand Corp. The researchers intend to continue interviewing immigrants, analyzing data and publishing their findings over the next few years.

Editors: For a copy of the results of the New Immigrant Survey, call NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs: (703) 306-1070.

National Science Foundation

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