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Children of Immigrants and Their Parents: Two Perspectives on Life in America

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Friday, October 15, 2010
9:00–10:30 a.m. ET

This event is cosponsored by the Urban Institute and Public Agenda.

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• Tara Bahrampour, immigration staff writer, Washington Post (moderator)
• Ajay Chaudry, senior fellow, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population, Urban Institute
• Mark Hugo Lopez, associate director, Pew Hispanic Center
• Jon Rochkind, research director, Public Agenda
• Selcuk Sirin, assistant professor, Department of Applied Psychology, New York University

Children of immigrants constitute one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. population. Numbering 8.3 million in 1990, they now total about 16.5 million and account for three quarters of the growth of America's child population since 1990.

This forum will look at how children of immigrants -- especially Mexican and Muslim youth -- are faring in American society, particularly at a time of economic distress and political polarization about immigration. Their circumstances and views on life in America will be contrasted to their parents’.

Starting from recent Urban Institute and Public Agenda research, the panel of experts will discuss such issues as

• Are children of immigrants integrated with children of native-born parents or are they concentrated in largely immigrant communities and schools?
• Are immigrant adults satisfied with life in the United States? How about their children?
• What are the consequences if children of immigrants are more acculturated than their parents?
• Do children of immigrants believe that equal and good opportunities for success are open to them? What do their parents think?

- Bios (pdf)
- Chaudry: Demographic Overview on Children of Immigrants (pdf)
- Rochkind: A Place to Call Home: What Immigrants Say Now about Life in America (pdf)
- Lopez: Between Two Worlds: How Young Latinos Come of Age in America (pdf)

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2100 M Street N.W., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C.

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