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PAM 2030, Week 13 Notes

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Integration of Immigrants and the dimensions Poverty (measurements, causes, etc)
Population and Public Policy
Professor Sassler
Class Notes
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Date Created: 05/01/16
PAM 2030 Sassler Spring 2016 April 26, 2016  Integration of Immigrants into American Society o immigrant groups and host societies come to resemble each other  two-way exchange o measured across time and intergenerationally o across various dimensions:  socioeconomic outcomes and participation in social institutions  social acceptance  effects on well-being  the dimensions:  socioeconomic o poverty  poverty rates higher for foreign born  poverty generally declines over generations  18% >> 13.6% >> 11.5%  racial and ethnic disparities  first generation Hispanics highest rates but progress between first and second generations o note: Hispanics have highest rates of intermarriage which may lead to generations that no longer identity as hispanic  rise in black second generation  Asian stalling between second and third generations o Asians tend to have lower poverty rates overall o education: second generation achieve higher education o income: foreign born earn less, women earn less still o employment  immigrant men have higher employment rates than native born; immigrant women lower  least educated immigrant much more likely to be employed than comparable native born men  second+ generation employment rates vary by race/ethnicity and gender o occupation  similar positive trajectories as employment and earnings  second generation women narrowing gap faster than men  US workforce welcoming immigrants and second generation across occupational spectrum  spatial o CA, TX, NY, IL, FL, NJ has the highest immigration growth in the last decade or so  sociocultural o language: majority of foreign born speak English ‘Well’ or ‘Very Well’ o religion  health o declines in well-being  health, crime, and children in two-parent households  immigrants have better health outcomes, but less access to health care and insurance  less likely to commit crime, incarcerated at ¼ rate of native-born  immigrants less likely to divorce, immigrant children more likely to live with both parents  over time and generations these advantages decline as second and third+ generations converge with native-born  political o can they/did they vote  familial o Areas of concern (more research needed)  legal status  foreign born %s o 26.3% of foreign born are undocumented o 69.2% are permanent immigrants o “Temporary and discretionary legal residents” = refugees  key factor in integration trajectory  many statuses are transitional and temporary  disproportionately impacts certain immigrant groups  undocumented status slows but does not fully impeded integration  variation from state-to-state  multi-generational effects  racial and ethnic disparities  naturalization rates  citizenship rate in US 50% vs. 61% OECD average  adjusting for undocumented population, still well below Canada, Australia, Sweden  most immigrants want to naturalize  birthright citizenship is a powerful mechanism of integration  major barrier to political integration April 28, 2016  iclicker: C, intergenerational mobility looks at the socioeconomic mobility between generations  Poverty o 45 million Americans are poor  are they takers? victims? o public view of causes  individualistic (personal choices)  structuralist (result of circumstances)  fatalistic (it’s gonna happen, can’t do anything) o importance of knowing size and characteristics of the poor population  eligibility for programs  SNAP, WIC, housing subsidies, EITC, etc  targeting communities, people, groups  social indicator (like GNP) – e.g. poor kids become poor adults o Definition  World Bank’s definition  poverty line: consumption/income level that falls below sme minimum level necessary to meet basic needs  varies by time and place  US poverty definition  income adequacy o absolute poverty: income less than an official poverty line o relative poverty: income less than a significant percentage of the US  OMB Directive 14 o income thresholds vary by family size, composition o before taxes  Mollie Orshansky  cost of nutritionally adequate diet x3 (assuming a third of income goes to food  today, this calculation is supplemented by the supplemental poverty measure o Variation in rates: the poor are…  more children than elderly  more black, Hispanics than Asians or whites  family structure (married, male householder families do better)  more women than men o measurement shortcomings  consumption varies  geography ignored  doesn’t consider government assistance (in kind benefits)  questions about defining the consumption unit  family vs. household  doesn’t consider chronic/persistent poverty  low correlation with material hardship o alternative measures  relative poverty and how it leads to social exclusion  resources, rights, goods and services, participation in normal relationships  SPM (Supplemental poverty measure)  represents the amount of money spent on FCSU (food clothing shelter utilities) and additional amounts for other goods (ex. hygiene)  considers noncash benefits  includes taxes, childcare


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