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Mexican Assimilation in the United States

Edited by Edward P. Lazear

in Mexican Immigration to the United States

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780226066325
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226066684 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226066684.003.0004
Mexican Assimilation in the United States

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This chapter addresses the following question: why are assimilation rates among Mexican immigrants lower than those found in other immigrant groups? Mexican immigrants assimilate more slowly than other immigrants as reflected in English fluency. They also have lower levels of education, lower wages, and live in more concentrated areas than other immigrants. It is argued that the lower assimilation rates of Mexican immigrants may be a consequence of United States immigration policy.

Keywords: assimilation; Mexican immigrants; immigration policy; English fluency; educational attainment; wages

Chapter.  6271 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Economics

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