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Published (as Chapter 12) in The Economics of Immigration: Theory and Policy, ed. Örn B. Bodvarsson and Hendrik Van den Berg (Berlin & Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2009); doi: 10.1007/978-3-540-77796-0_12 Copyright © 2009 Springer-Verlag. Used by permission.


This chapter presents some of the exceptional characteristics of recent Hispanic immigration to the United States. In 2005, there were nearly 40 million Hispanic immigrants and descendants of Hispanic immigrants living in the U.S. The assimilation experience of this large cultural group does not seem to be following the path past immigrants to the U.S. followed. Most third generation Hispanics in the U.S. still find themselves with income and education levels below the U.S. averages. Most forecasts predict that about 60 million Hispanics and Hispanic-Americans will be living in the U.S. by 2030.

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