Unequal Origins: Immigrant Selection and the Education of by Cynthia Feliciano

By Cynthia Feliciano

Feliciano examines how immigrants examine to these left at the back of of their beginning nations, and the way that choice impacts the tutorial version of youngsters of immigrants within the usa. Her findings contradict the idea that immigrants are negatively chosen: approximately all immigrants are extra trained than the populations of their domestic nations, yet Asian immigrants are the main hugely chosen. This is helping clarify the Asian moment generations’ more desirable academic attainment in comparison to Europeans, Afro-Caribbeans, or Latin american citizens. The e-book demanding situations cultural causes for ethnic adjustments by way of highlighting how inequalities within the relative pre-migration academic attainments of immigrants are reproduced between their kids within the U.S.

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Part of the answer may be that typical measures of “class,” such as parents’ education, income, and occupational status, do not capture other differences that are crucial. Phillips et al (1998) find that controlling for additional socioeconomic factors, such as grandparents’ educational attainment and parenting practices, can explain up to 2/3 of the black-white test score gap. Similarly, Banks (1988) argues that traditional measures of class status alone cannot explain why middle class whites outperform middle class blacks.

3) Are immigrants from regions with more recent migrant streams (Asia/Latin America) more or less educated than those from European countries who migrated in the past? Here, I compare the selectivity of recent migrants from Asia and Latin America to that of older immigrant groups from Europe. (4) Does the selectivity of successive waves of migrants from the same country change over time? This analysis focuses on one national-origin group (Mexicans), and compares different migrant streams from that country at different points in time.

Chiswick (1978) used the idea that immigrants are highly self-selected to explain why immigrants do so well in the labor force, particularly compared to natives. Portes and Rumbaut (1996: 12-13) argue that migrants are the most ambitious and motivated of their home countries, but have no means to fulfill their aspirations without leaving. Relative, not absolute, deprivation is what motivates individuals to migrate (Stark and Bloom 1985). Thus, poor and uneducated persons, who are often socially isolated and unaware of migration possibilities, are less likely to migrate than those who are urban, have some education, or have been exposed to the United States’ lifestyles (Portes and Rumbaut 1996: 1213).

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