Developing Education Initiatives for City’s Young Mexican Immigrants

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The numbers alone were stark and worrisome: About 41 percent of all Mexican immigrants 16 to 19 years old in New York City have dropped out of school, according to census statistics — more than double the rate of any other major immigrant group and more than four times the city’s overall rate.

In addition, only about 6 percent of Mexican immigrants 19 to 23 years old who do not have a college degree are enrolled in college — a small fraction of the rates among other major immigrant groups and the native-born population.

These statistics highlighted some immigrants’ advocates’ long-held worries regarding the city’s fastest growing immigrant population. The figures’ publication in an article in The New York Times in November 2011 provoked a groundswell of responses both in and beyond the Mexican diaspora.

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