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Report Focuses on the Young Children of Immigrants

3/24/2005:   A new report released by the Urban Institute focuses on the health and well being of young children under age 6 in immigrant families with at least one parent born outside the United States. The report reviews eight key themes:
  • Children of immigrants represent a large share of the young child population.

  • Most young children of immigrants are citizens living in mixed status families.

  • Over one-quarter of young children of immigrants have undocumented parents.

  • More young children of immigrants than natives live in two-parent families.

  • Many young children of immigrants live in families with low-income, have parents with low education levels and limited English proficiency, and interact less often with their parents.

  • Young children of immigrants have higher levels of economic hardship but lower use of benefits than children of natives.

  • Children of immigrants are more likely to have fair or poor health and to lack insurance or a usual source of health care.

  • Children of immigrants are more often in parental care and less often in center-based care.
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