How immigrant women are saving the integrity of the U.S. family
Births outside of marriage are declining in the United States, driven by a decline in births outside marriage among immigrant women and a flattening out of births outside marriage among American-born women. The trend may represent the end of an era of increase in unmarried mothers. The abortion rate has also been decreasing.
According the Pew Research Centre, the newest available data (2014) finds that 33% of all births to foreign-born mothers were to unmarried women, down from a peak of 37% in 2008, and that the rate has steadied for U.S.-born women at 42%. The disparity between U.S.-born women and immigrant women now stands at almost 10%, the largest since records became available 30 years ago. At that time 21% of babies were born to unmarried women overall.
One reason births outside of marriage among immigrants has decreased is a declining share of babies born to Latin American mothers, and an increasing number to Asian mothers. New foreign-born mothers from Latin America were roughly four times as likely as mothers from Asia to be unmarried in 2014. The shifting origin of immigrant mothers is due to both a decline in immigrants from Latin America and dramatically falling birth rates among Hispanic immigrants.
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