Southeast Michigan is home to people from all over the world — Asians, Arabs, Europeans and Latinos from a spectrum of countries live and work in Detroit and its suburbs. According to one perspective, that isn’t uncommon of the American experience.
A new book called “Streets of Gold: America’s Untold Story of Immigrant Success” discusses why immigration is good for immigrants and native-born Americans alike. It explains why children of immigrants from around the world consistently succeed in climbing the economic ladder, as well as how it expands our economy.
“Where there’s a lot of immigrant success is in the second generation, the children of immigrants.” — Leah Boustan, co-author of the book, “Streets of Gold”
Listen: Why the children of immigrants find success in America.
Leah Boustan is a professor of economics at Princeton University and the co-director of the Development of the American Economy Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her latest book is, “Streets of Gold: America’s Untold Story of Immigrant Success.”
Boustan says that even the children of immigrants raised in poor households in America rise up the economic ladder quickly.
“Where there’s a lot of immigrant success is in the second generation, the children of immigrants,” says Boustan.