Immigration's Economic Boost Depends on Learning English

New research suggests that concentrations of newcomers who speak the same language are less likely to learn English, which reduces their earnings relative to other immigrants and relative to native-born Americans.

The Wall Street Journal published an editorial the other day arguing that new immigrants to the U.S. are "assimilating" just as well as previous cohorts of newcomers, writing that "today's immigrants are acculturating and moving up the economic ladder like previous generations."

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