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Immigrant families more stable than native-born Americans: Study

Immigrant families more stable than native-born Americans: Study
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While every immigrant’s story is special, the story of Indians who have come to the United States in the last 50 years is exceptional on many levels. As of 2019, about 2.7 million Indian immigrants have resided in the United States. Today, Indian immigrants account for approximately 6 per cent of the U.S. A study suggests that immigrant families tend to be more stable than native-born Americans.

Indian Americans, who are among the 30 largest groups of working-age immigrants in the U.S., rank at the top in family stability. Indian Americans also rank first considering the most highly educated and financially successful immigrant groups. 72% of immigrants with children are still in their first marriage, whereas this share among native-born Americans is just 60%.

According to the data released by the Virginia-based think tank, Institute of Family Studies, about 4 per cent are remarried, and the share of unmarried Indian immigrants with children is only 2 per cent. The report also states that despite the fact that native-born Indian Americans have higher incomes than the first-generation Indian immigrants and have equal educational level, their share of intact marriage drops to 87 per cent among children. Whereas the report suggests that family stability among the immigrants from other parts of Asia, such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Taiwan, Korea, China, and Japan is also higher as compared to the native-born Americans.

According to the survey, higher education and income are the primary drivers of family stability. It uses the example of Asian immigrants, who appear to have higher educational levels and family stability than other immigrants. Immigrant parents with children, on the other hand, have lower educational levels and higher poverty rates compared to native-born American parents. 29% of native-born parents have a high school diploma or less compared to 48% of immigrant parents.

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Noting that, despite its virtues, individualism in American culture is at odds with stable marriage and families, the report suggests that immigrants embrace familism to not only provide them with a “safe harbour when facing the challenges as newcomers but also to provide a better environment for their children to advance in life.” This is evident in the academic performance of immigrant children.

Consequently, the report observes that while immigrants “represent a diverse array of cultures and traditions,” what they share is “a dedication to family that translates into better performance in school and a stronger chance at realising the American Dream.” noted Wendy Wang, director of research at the IFS

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