Better Fortunes?

School Enrollment and Living Arrangements of Migrant Youth in Six Western Countries
Tues., September 14, 2010
6 PM
Sulzberger Parlor

Compared with native-born youth, migrant youth are more likely to live in households without parents or with extended families, and to have lower rates of school enrollment. Variations in the living arrangements of youth with migration backgrounds in six industrialized countries—France, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Israel, and the United States—demonstrate how conventional operational definitions that exclude children who do not live with their parents not only distort estimates of migrant youth, but also exclude the most vulnerable from the data. Marta Tienda is professor of sociology, public affairs, and demographic studies and founding director of the program in Latino studies at Princeton University.