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Immigrant Children and their Future Role in the American Economy

Nearly a quarter of schoolchildren in the United States are immigrants or the children of immigrants. A substantial percentage of these children, especially those from Latin America, are falling behind in school.

In a recent event, Brookings expert Audrey Singer discussed the importance of taking the education of immigrants and their children seriously. She noted that children are a huge part of the future American workforce and that it makes excellent economic sense to start getting children prepared for their role in the economic prosperity of this country.

  • Audrey Singer is a senior fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. Her areas of expertise include demography, international migration, U.S. immigration policy, and urban and metropolitan change. She has written extensively on U.S. immigration trends, including immigrant integration, undocumented migration, naturalization and citizenship, and the changing racial and ethnic composition of the United States.

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