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Immigrants and Aging

  • Judith Treas
  • Jeanne Batalova
Part of the International Handbooks of Population book series (IHOP, volume 1)

Immigration is remaking populations not merely in nations like the U.S. that have long welcomed newcomers but also in societies that have not traditionally received immigrants. Although the U.S., with its policy emphasis on family re-unification, admits increasing numbers of aging immigrants, immigrants are usually young. With the passage of time, they grow older and may make up a significant share of the aged population in places where there have been high and sustained levels of immigration. An important question is whether the well-being of this older immigrant population approaches that of native-born seniors or is characterized by significant disadvantage. The answer to this question depends on immigrant selection and incorporation processes, that is, on the characteristics of those who come to stay as well as on the extent to which they are integrated economically and socially into the society.

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Living Arrangement Welfare Reform Family Reunification Supplemental Security Income English Language Proficiency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith Treas
    • 1
  • Jeanne Batalova
    • 2
  1. 1.University of California, IrvineIrvineUS
  2. 2.Migration Policy InstituteWashington, DCUSA

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