The Immigrant Advantage: What We Can Learn from Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness and Hope

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The Immigrant Advantage: What We Can Learn from Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness and Hope

The Immigrant Advantage: What We Can Learn from Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness and Hope

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But as the circuits light up, they also form an intangible buffer against some of the risks that come with being an immigrant. Overall, our results indicate that on the absolute scale, the immigrant survival advantage over natives increased over the observation period for all gender and racial groups, especially Black men, Asian men and women, and Hispanic women. Instead, The Immigrant Advantage is a book about the cultural practices that people bring with them to the U. Even more puzzling, Hamilton and colleagues (2015: tables 3 and 4) used the same analytic strategy and found that recent Hispanic immigrants are less likely to report poor health than early immigrants.

Unlike other national surveys on immigration, which have small samples or focus on a specific immigrant group, the NHIS contains a large sample and immigrants of diverse origins. In terms of occupations, immigrants flowed into high-tech jobs during the Internet boom and construction jobs during the 2000s housing boom.

In any case, no prior study of mortality risk directly tested whether immigrants' survival advantage over the native-born changes over real time.

That’s largely because, shortly before Congress ended quotas, it also put the kibosh on a program welcoming unskilled Mexican workers. All had come from Vietnam, and all had known each other more than thirty years, since first arriving, penniless, after Saigon’s fall. Perhaps non-White immigrants, who tend to be from less developed countries, needed to overcome more obstacles to immigrate than White immigrants. Given the difficulties cross-sectional analyses face, a handful of studies have started using longitudinal data that follow immigrants over time ( Choi 2012; Wakabayashi 2010).My dad’s family hasn’t strayed far from the Eastern Seaboard since 1889, when they arrived from Ukraine. Other topics explored include Vietnamese monthly rice services that help students and working mothers get dinner on the table; Jamaican multigenerational living and its benefits for home ownership; and the South Asian assisted marriage, with its blend of old-school parental oversight and modern freedom of choice. Because the differences in mortality hazards are not linearly correlated with YSI, we suspect that the cohort-of-arrival effect may contribute more to the YSI-related pattern. Palloni and Arias 2004) and a shrinking immigrant mortality advantage over the native-born across generations (e.

Results from longitudinal analyses, however, are mixed regarding the over-time convergence of immigrants' and natives' health. we further break down the foreign-born by YSI group to show how these groups' mortality hazards evolve over time. The figure shows that in the absolute sense, the immigrant survival advantage over natives amplified for all subgroups, especially for Black and Asian men and Asian and Hispanic women. It’s common now to pop into a Kim Son at lunch and see Latinos, blacks, and sixth-generation Texans happily wrapping their spring rolls in lettuce. Immigrants are also likely to experience economic assimilation, which offsets their early disadvantages in income, employment, and living environments ( Borjas 1995; Duleep and Regets 2002; Hu 2000; Schoeni 1997; Villarreal and Tamborini 2018; Zheng and Yu 2021).

This is not the case for other immigrant groups, whose survival advantages were amplified even with ratios of hazard probabilities. But her parents themselves were immigrants to Mexico: my grandfather from Honduras and my grandmother, Concepción, from Nicaragua. Until recently, Western scholars wrote about huis and other rotating credit groups with a certain dismissiveness.

g., smoking) occurs in the medium to long run, ultimately eroding immigrants' health advantage ( Cho et al. Therefore, our analysis instead focuses on how respondents' mortality hazards change with the time elapsed since the survey. After tutoring me for years until my schedule made it futile, she turned to schooling me in Vietnamese culture. During and after World War II, Mexican immigrants were instrumental in alleviating shortages arising from the war effort.The term first appeared as the epidemiological paradox, in a groundbreaking 1986 report showing that Latinos in the Southwest lived as long as non-Hispanic whites. Finally they built the pièce de résistance—the marble and red velvet palace where Cao Do’s friends meet for their hui. The numbers may seem overwhelming—but the actual percentage of our current population that is foreign-born hovers at about 13 percent, lower than it was a hundred years ago. Setting the lower bound of age at 26 ensures that most respondents will have finished their education.



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