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Seminar Series: The Foreign-Born Population in the United States: Size, Distribution, and Characteristics

Elizabeth M. Grieco, Chief, Foreign-Born Population Branch, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau
When Mar 26, 2012
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 0124B Cole Student Activities Building
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Talk

According to the 2010 American Community Survey, there are 40 million foreign born in the United States, representing about 13 percent of the total population. This presentation answers two questions about the foreign born. First, how have the size and distribution of the foreign-born population changed over the last 50 years? Second, what are the characteristics of today's foreign-born population? I will begin by reviewing some basic migration terms, including "foreign born" and "native born", emphasizing how they are defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. Next, the historical growth of the foreign-born population is reviewed, focusing on the post-1960 period and discussing changes in the size of the foreign-born population, the percent of the total population it represents, and the distribution of this population by region of birth and geography. Finally, I will discuss some of the characteristics of the foreign-born population in 2010, focusing on social characteristics, such as country of birth and year of entry, and also on economic characteristics, such as labor force participation, household income, and poverty.

Elizabeth Grieco

About the Speaker

Elizabeth M. Grieco is Chief of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign-Born Population Branch in the Population Division. Dr. Grieco is the author of numerous publications on the characteristics of the foreign born, migration data, remittance behavior, the second generation, and race, including Place of Birth of the Foreign-Born Population: 2009 (with E. Trevelyan), American Community Survey Brief; Race and Hispanic Origin of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States: 2007, American Community Survey Report; Who in the United States Sends and Receives Remitances? (with P. de la Cruz, R. Cortes, and L. Larsen), Population Division Working Paper; the essay “Origin Countries of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States” for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, published by Wiley-Blackwell; and “U.S. Data Sources on the Foreign Born and Immigration” (with N. Rytina) forthcoming in International Migration Review. She has presented her work at numerous academic conferences and professional meetings, and has given presentations on the size, distribution and characteristics of the foreign-born population to the White House Domestic Policy Council on Immigrant Integration, the Russell Sage Foundation’s Cultural Contact and Immigration Working Group, and the Consular Corps of Washington D.C. Recently, she appeared on CSPAN’s Washington Journal “America by the Numbers” segment as an expert on the foreign-born population. Dr. Grieco received her PhD in Sociology and Demography from Florida State University, with a focus on international migration studies; an MA in Anthropology from the University of Kansas; and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Cincinnati.

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