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Immigrant Families

The term immigrant refers, in this entry, to individuals without U.S. citizenship at birth. Immigrants include naturalized citizens, lawful permanent residents, refugees, individuals with certain temporary visas, and those unauthorized to be in the United States. Approximately 33.5 million immigrants currently live in the United States. Almost half of all individuals who arrived in the United States since 1965 have come from Latin America and approximately 25% from Asia. Others have emigrated from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and other parts of North America. While the positive contributions of immigrants to U.S. society can be noted over centuries, immigrant families face many stressors and challenges in adjusting to life in the United States. This entry provides an overview of characteristics of immigrant families in the ...

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