Benefits of Being Born to Immigrant Parents
Despite the news stories that offer grim reports and negative viewpoints about immigration, the beauty of the melting pot persists and grows. In fact, research from the Urban Report shows that 18.6 million young people living in the U.S. have a parent who came from Mexico, Central or South America, or another part of the world. Those children, most of whose parents lived in the U.S. for at least a decade and who are also U.S. citizens, have some advantages. In fact, as our society becomes increasingly global, children in the U.S. raised in households that embrace their heritage may bring more to the table than meets the eye.
According to reports, at least half of all U.S. children of immigrants speak both their parents’ native tongue and English. Some speak other languages as well. Being able to communicate in more than one language can be an enormous professional and personal asset. It can even open doors to jobs in different fields and countries.
Strong Family Bonds
Divorce happens in all cultures, including among immigrant families. However, immigrant families are statistically more likely to stay together. Some figures suggest that 80 percent of immigrant children grow up in a two-parent household, compared to 69 percent of those with parents born in the United States.
Per Science Daily’s findings, children in the U.S. with immigrant parents may perform better in school than their peers who do not have immigrant parents. Additionally, they may be more engaged in the learning process, which can prove beneficial as they continue through high school, college, and graduate school. It does not matter that most immigrant parents do not hold higher education degrees.
Immigrant parents living in the U.S. tend to put a lot of time into their jobs. Their children not only notice this devotion to work, but they emulate it when they join the workforce. This type of self-motivation should make children of immigrant parents stand out for future bonuses, raises, and promotions.
Perhaps it is not surprising that children of immigrants tend to see the world differently. They can be more willing to accept people for who they are, and they are more apt to reach out to other children of immigrants to help them succeed. Additionally, when the children get older, they tend to seek out innovative ways to give back to their immigrant communities.
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If you are a child of an immigrant and have concerns about immigration, speak with a Philadelphia immigration lawyer at the Law Offices of Tahir Mella, P.C. today. Call us today at 215-496-0690 or contact us online for a free consultation.
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