The recent growth of second-generation Latino populations in both traditional immigrant gateways and emerging destinations raises new questions about their integration into American society. Drawing on the most recent data from the Current Population Survey, Van Tran paints a compelling portrait of immigration that shows that certain Latino populations enjoy the advantages of assimilation more than others. Why, for instance, do second-generation Cubans and Colombians seem to fare better in the United States than second-generation Mexicans and Puerto Ricans? The answers to such questions point to a paradox of integration and inequality among Latinos in the U.S. that anyone who hopes to understand America’s complex and ever-evolving demographics must understand. Van C. Tran is assistant professor of sociology at Columbia University. This event is co-sponsored with Columbia University’s Institute of Latin American Studies.
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