National Public Radio collaborated with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health to complete a poll on whether Latinos that come to the U.S. in search of a better life find it. According to research, Latinos are predicted to become the largest non-white racial group in the United States by the year 2050.
The researchers from the Harvard School said that this poll was an opportunity for Latino immigrants to discuss their lives and communities. Those Latinos that were born in other countries were asked why they immigrated to the United States, and the overwhelming majority of respondents answered that it was for a better life through a path to citizenship. The participants were asked to rate their satisfaction with more than a dozen different issues, and how they were addressed in their native country versus in the U.S. Issues included safety from crime, women’s legal rights, quality of health care and schools, degree of personal freedom and opportunities available to get ahead. On most of the measures, the individuals involved said the situation in the United States was vastly better than in the country they emigrated from.
Some issues participants were asked to rate did not score higher in the U.S. than in other countries, including friendliness and openness of people, strength of families and acceptance of people of different races. But the majority of the answers indicated that the Latinos who came to the U.S. in search of a better life situation had found it. This poll also revealed that Latino children of U.S. immigrants are better off economically than their parents because of the children’s access to better educational opportunities and more technology. Most Latino immigrants who were surveyed and are older than 30 were not high school graduates. However, the access their children have to technological resources allows those young people to develop their identity as an immigrant-American, learn more about their culture, and build social capital in a way their parents could not in their native country.