in 3 children in state has an immigrant parent Arizona Republic
Jun 10, 2008
by Daniel González -
The number of
Arizona children who come from immigrant households is soaring.
At least one in three Arizona children now has at least one immigrant parent, up
from about one in four 10 years ago, said Nancy Welch,a researcher at the
Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University.
She co-authored a new report that concluded at least 471,000 children living in
Arizona are from immigrant households - or more than the entire population of
Mesa. The report is based on 2006 census data.
These children, whom the report dubbed "Gen G," for Generation Global, pose both
opportunities and challenges in the global economy.
"They really bring a lot of assets," Welch said. "For one, they already speak
They also pose significant challenges.
Children from immigrant households face more obstacles than children with
native-born parents: They are more likely to have parents with limited
education, they are more likely to grow up in poverty, and they often lack