Study Reveals Changes Among Second-Generation Hispanics

New York Times, 5/28/2009

Jose, the No. 1 Hispanic name for newborns in the United States, has been declining in popularity for years, and here is one possible reason: The American-born children of parents who arrived in the vast immigrant tide from Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America since 1980 now constitute a majority of Hispanic youngsters in the United States.

“This is the future,” said Jeffrey S. Passel, senior demographer at the Pew Hispanic Center. “The second generation historically has been the generation that becomes American, that integrates.”

A Pew center study released Thursday revealed a profound change in the younger Hispanic population compared with 1980, before the latest influx.

This second generation of Hispanics — the American-born children of at least one Hispanic immigrant parent — now accounts for 52 percent of the nation’s 16 million Hispanic children, according to the study. Over all, more than 9 in 10 Hispanic children living in the United States were born here, and that proportion has been growing.

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