US experiencing 2nd immigration wave

October 24, 2014

By The Korea Times Los Angeles staff

According to a USA Today analysis on a metric called the Diversity Index, there will be less than a one in three chance that the next stranger you meet in the United States will be of the same race by the year 2060.

The phenomenon is most likely explained by a second immigration wave that is further diversifying a country that is already known for it’s melting pot culture — the first wave being the influx of immigrants coming through Ellis Island between the 1880′s and 1920′s.

The second wave is defined by immigrants who have come to the U.S. since the 1970′s. Due to more advanced transportation infrastructures and a more global acceptance and usage of the English language, these individuals are having an easier time assimilating and spreading out rather than concentrating in singular areas.

The findings are being especially reflected in public school settings where Caucasian students now fall into a minority for the 2014-2015 educational year according to the U.S. Department of Education.

 

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