Comparing the Experiences of Immigrant Children Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the immigration experiences of Nicaraguan children, Filipino children, Vietnamese children, Haitian children and West Indian children in America.
# 149825 | 1,222 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 01, 2012 in Hot Topics (Immigration) , Education (Multiculturalism)

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This paper presents a comparative analysis of the experiences of Nicaraguan children, Filipino children, Vietnamese children, Haitian children and West Indian children and their experience in America. First, the paper cites scholars who discuss the importance of parents having the economic and social means to help their children succeed in school. The paper further points out how success in education is the key to a healthy integration in the new country. Next, the paper points out the importance of a strong family unit for successful integration for immigrant children. Then, the paper breaks down the demographics of the immigrant children population, illustrating this in a graph. Additionally, the paper discusses which immigrant groups have the highest level of education among their children. The paper concludes by stating that the child immigrant experiences in the United States are not necessarily related to nationality, although there are strains of similarity that run constant in nationalities due to socioeconomic status of the family, the cohesiveness of the family, and the familial expectations of academic success and life achievement.


Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"As shown in the foregoing chart labeled figure the Asian immigrant population is the largest population of children of immigrant parents in the United States followed by Hispanic and Latino, then Mexican followed by white, then multiracial, black and finally the racial group listed as 'other'. Therefore, according to the foregoing chart the Asian immigrant child population represents approximately 32% of the child immigrant population in the United States. As identified in the introduction to this study, the educational attainment of immigrant children is greatly dependent upon the family in terms of resources available and expectations for the immigrant child's academic achievement. The following chart labeled Figure 2 shows the educational aspiration and expectations of children of immigrants in the Jamaican, Chinese, Filipino, Cuban, Cambodian, Laotian and Mexican races."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Portes, Alejandro and Rumbaut, Ruben (nd) Introduction: The Second Generation and the Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study. The Second Generation in Early Adulthood. Online available at:
  • Portes, Alejandro, Fernandez-Kelly, Patricia and Haller, William (2005) Segmented assimilation on the ground: The new second generation in early adulthood. Taylor and Francis. Online available at:
  • Rumbaut, Ruben G. Acculturation, Discrimination, and Ethnic Identity Among Children of Immigrants Online available at:
  • Zhou, Min (1997) Growing up American: The Challenge Confronting Immigrant Children and Children of Immigrants. Annual Review Sociology 1996. 23:63-95

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