Young Children of Black Immigrants in America: Changing Flows, Changing Faces


Young Children of Black Immigrants in America:
Changing Flows, Changing Faces



Young Children of Black Immigrants in America from Migration Policy Institute on Vimeo.


Ajay Chaudry
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy in the US Department of Health and Human Services

Dylan Patricia Conger
The George Washington University School of Public Policy and Public Administration, and volume author

Gerald D. Jaynes
Yale University Departments of Economics and African-American Studies

Kevin Thomas
Pennsylvania State University Departments of Sociology and Demography and African Studies,
and volume author 

Randy Capps
Migration Policy Institute, and volume editor

Moderated by

Michael Fix
 Migration Policy Institute, and volume editor

In large part because of immigration, the child population in the United States is rapidly changing. In 2010, nearly one in four US children under 18 was the child of an immigrant. Latino, Black, Asian, and multiracial children together are nearing a majority of the nation’s children. These “minority” children already account for more than half of US children under age 1. 

Not surprisingly, scholarship has focused on the largest immigrant groups: the children of Latinos and Asians. Far less academic attention has been paid to the rapidly diversifying Black child population and, in particular, to the children from birth through age 10 of Black immigrants. To narrow this research gap, MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy, with support from the Foundation for Child Development, launched a research initiative in 2010 to build and encourage understanding of this understudied and growing population.

Please join us as we release a major volume that flows from this initiative and showcases the research of a distinguished group of interdisciplinary scholars. The volume includes demographic overviews of Black immigrants (both African and Caribbean) in the United States and their children, and examines health outcomes, use of social supports, school readiness, and the schooling of these children. The event discussion, which will touch on the intersection of race and immigration, will focus on the demographics of this population, their educational success, and the implications of the volume’s findings for research and public policy

A complimentary copy of the book will be provided to each event attendee. For more information on the volume visit: Information on the initiative is available at: