Immigrants and mobility

Michael Mandel

Here's a little chart showing that at least some immigrants are still upwardly mobile.

In 1995, families headed by immigrants who entered the country in the 1980s had a 26.6% poverty rate. That plunged to 14% in 2001, before bouncing back up to 16.4% in 2003.

Now, I don't know about you, but a 40% decline in the poverty rate (26.6% to 16.4%) sounds like pretty good upward mobility to me.

Added: Data comes from the Census Bureau

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