Trenton, Sep 28: A recent Rutgers study has contradicted the public perception that the increasing number of children in immigrant families is a major obstacle to a strong United States economy.
The study titled, “How Much Does Change in the Proportion of Children Living in Immigrant Families Contribute to Change in the Poverty Rate Among Children?” has raised the question of whether federal policies affecting immigrants should be significantly altered or not over the reason that growing number of children was becoming the primary reason for children living in poverty.
Myungkook Joo, assistant professor in Rutgers School of Social Work, said there are other determinants, including local labor market conditions, parental education and family structure, which appear to have a greater impact on child poverty levels.
Children in immigrant families are projected to comprise nearly one-third of more than 100 million children in the U.S. by 2050.
Joo said children in noncitizen families and in families that have lived here at least 10 years make slightly larger contributions to child poverty than families with naturalized citizen parents and those who arrived here more recently. (ANI)