Demography of Immigrant Youth: Past, Present, and Future

Jeffrey Passel surveys demographic trends and projections in the U.S. youth population, especially immigrant youth. He discusses the ways in which the changing demographic structure in U.S. youth is likely to present policy makers with several challenges in coming decades, including higher rates of poverty among youth, particularly among foreign-born children and children of undocumented parents; high concentrations of immigrants in a handful of states; a lack of political voice; and inter-generational competition between youth and the elderly for governmental support. In conclusion, Passel notes that today's immigrants and their children will shape many aspects of American society and will provide virtually all the growth in the U.S. labor force over the next forty years. Their integration into American society and their accumulation of human capital thus require continued attention from researchers and policy makers.


Passel, J.S. (2011). "Demography of Immigrant Youth: Past, Present, and Future." Immigrant Children 21 (1). The Future of Children. Retrieved from: