Immigrants' Children Do Better Than Parents

May 23, 2008 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

A decade-long study of adult children of immigrants in the New York area reveals they’re more successful than their parents, often outperforming native-born Americans. Philip Kasinitz, a sociologist at the Center for Urban Research at the Graduate Center and one of study’s four authors, calls it the “second-generation advantage…They’re able to choose what’s best in the host society and what’s best about their immigrant communities.” Three of the authors including political scientist John H. Mollenkopf of the Graduate Center, discuss the study, including the finding that Russian and Chinese second-generation adults have higher high school and college graduation rates than native-born whites of the same age. The study has just been published as a book, “Inheriting the City: the Children of Immigrants Come of Age.”

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