Immigrants who enter the country illegally are fluent in English and better educated than ten years ago (and those from Asia have the best speaking skills)
- A third of unauthorized immigrants were proficient in English in 2016 – compared to only 25% in 2007, according to a new report from Pew Research Center
- In addition, 3.4 million immigrants who were illegally in the country were proficient in English in 2016 – compared to just 2.8 million in 2007, the researchers found
- The difference is largely due to the fact that newcomers to the country can speak better English from the moment they arrive.
- About 32% were competent in 2016, compared to 18% of newcomers in 2007
Immigrants who have entered the United States illegally in recent years speak fluent English and are better educated than a decade ago, a new study said.
A third of unauthorized immigrants were proficient in English in 2016 – an increase of only 25 percent in 2007, according to a new report by Pew Research Center.
In addition, 3.4 million immigrants who were illegally in the country were proficient in English in 2016, compared to 2.8 million in 2007.
This graph illustrates the difference in university degrees and English proficiency of immigrants who have been staying in the country illegally for more than five years for those who have been in the United States for more than 10 years
The difference is largely due to the fact that newcomers to the country emerge from the beginning with a better understanding of English – 32 percent were proficient in the language in 2016, compared to 18 percent of newcomers in 2007.
Immigrants who have been in the country for more than a decade saw some improvements in their skills, but the change was less dramatic.
Despite the improvements, immigrants in the country are still far less likely to speak English proficiently than their legal counterparts (34 percent and 57 percent respectively).
Immigrants from Asia were most likely competent in English (54 percent), while 25 percent of people from Mexico were competent.
This chart breaks out the English proficiency among legal and unauthorized immigrants from different countries and regions & # 39; s
Of the people from the northern triangle (Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala), 22 percent were proficient in English. About 43 percent of immigrants from all other Latin American countries were skilled.
In the meantime, the share of unauthorized immigrants with a college education has also risen slightly from 15 percent in 2007 to 17 percent in 2016.
The difference is more pronounced among those who have been illegally in the country for five years or less – in 2016 30 percent had a university degree, compared to 17 percent in 2007.
In comparison, only 11 percent of those who have been illegally in the country for ten years or more have a university degree, a statistically insignificant revival of 10 percent in 2007.
The shifts to more people who speak English and have a university degree are attributed to a & # 39; changing mix of countries of origin & # 39; as well as to the rising level of education around the world & # 39 ;, according to the report.
A larger proportion of unauthorized immigrants now come from Asia, and less recent arrivals come from Mexico, where residents usually have lower English language skills and education.
This graph illustrates the proportion of legal and unauthorized immigrants who have less than a high school diploma versus a bachelor's degree or higher
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