No matter where they’re from, female immigrants adapt quickly to the U.S. economy, a recent study reveals. According to a report by Francine Blau from Cornell University, immigrant women are highly influenced by the culture of their home country but manage to adapt to the American specificity in a relatively short period of time.
Labor participation in the U.S. among female immigrants depends heavily on the type of workforce participation in their country of origin. However, the percentage of women entering the workforce and the number of hours they put in starts to resemble to that of the natives as they live longer in the country. Based on her research, Blau concludes that the gap between native women and women from both high- and low-participation home countries is diminished over time. Immigrants from countries with a high level of female labor participation work the same number of hours as their native counterparts after 6 to 10 years from the time they arrive in the U.S. After that, they work at the same level or even more hours than the natives.
The study indicates that these differences are even less visible between immigrant’s female children and their native counterparts.
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