Friday, October 26, 2007

Attachment of Latino Immigrants to Their Native Country

The Pew Hispanic Center today released a first-of-its-kind report that analyzes data from a national sample of Latinos to determine how much contact Hispanic immigrants have with their native country. The attachment of Latino immigrants to their native country, or "transnationalism," is measured by levels of remittance-sending, phone calls, and return visits. Just one-in-ten Latino immigrants engages in all three of these behaviors on a regular basis, the report finds. It also finds that immigrants' transnational behavior is related to the years immigrants have been in this country; the age they were when they first arrived; and their country of origin. And it is correlated, as well, with their attitudes toward the U.S.

The report is available at the Pew Hispanic Center's website,

The Pew Hispanic Center is a non-partisan, non-advocacy research organization based in Washington, D.C. and funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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