There are 41 million immigrants and 37.1 million U.S.-born children of immigrants in the U.S. at the moment. The first and second generations account for 25 percent of the total population and their successful integration is a key factor for maintaining the diverse and prolific American culture.
A recent study has proved that as immigrants and their descendants integrate into the American Society, several aspects of their lives improve and come to resemble the U.S.-born citizens. Over time, newcomers become more educated, they get to master the English language, they have higher incomes and an overall better quality of live. More than a quarter of the incomers already have a college degree when they enter the country and their descendants have remarkable performances in school. More than that, the study shows that second generation immigrants sometimes exceed the schooling level of native-born Americans.
In terms of employment and earnings, the report says that the longer they have lived in the U.S., the better their jobs get to be and the higher their income becomes. First generation immigrants who have low-skilled jobs improve their occupation status over time, and the ascendance is even more noticeable among the second generation immigrants.
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