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Immigrant Families

  • By: Stevan Weine
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Legal immigration to the United States grew from 2.5 million in the 1950s to 4.5 million in the 1970s, 7.5 million in the 1980s, and 10 million in the 1990s. More than 12% of the U.S. population is immigrants, and over 20% of the immigrants are children. This number will grow with more than 1.3 million arriving annually and higher birthrates among immigrant families. U.S. Census officials project that by 2042, the number of non-Hispanic whites in the United States will be less than the numbers of Americans who identify themselves as Hispanic, African American, Asian, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander.

Migration has brought new diversity to families in the United States as well. Of the 38 million foreign-born persons in the United States, ...

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