Migration Processes, Familial Characteristics, and Schooling Dropout Among Black Youths

Kevin J.A. Thomas

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This study uses data from the 2000 U. S. census to examine whether the schooling advantage of black immigrants' children found in previous studies is robust. According to the results, the advantage associated with having migrant parents is not restricted to the children of immigrants. Black migrant parents, regardless of foreign-born status, have children with favorable schooling outcomes. Such parental-level influences, however, seem stronger among some immigrant groups than among native internal migrants. The study also suggests that the collective advantage of the children of immigrants is driven by positive migrant selectivity. Accordingly, comparisons between the children of native migrants and children in various immigrant groups reveal that the immigrant advantage is not robust. In fact, the results suggest that when immigrant ethnicity is considered, some children of immigrants may be disadvantaged relative to the children of native migrants. Among recent migrants, the children of native internal migrants also have more favorable outcomes than the children of immigrants, although these differences disappear after background factors are controlled. Further, internal-migrant and immigrant households are less likely to have characteristics that adversely affect schooling than nonmigrant households. Unsurprisingly, the children of nonmigrants have the worst outcomes among black youths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-498
Number of pages22
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography


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