Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Asian Professionals Find Success in U.S. but Report Finds Downside for Other Minorities

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Asian Professionals Find Success in U.S. but Report Finds Downside for Other Minorities

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Well-educated Asian immigrants have rapidly established themselves at the top of the scientific and medical professions in the United States, says the Center for Immigration Studies.

The Asians are outdistancing native-born blacks and Hispanics both in achievement and earnings, the report adds.

The influx of Asian professionals has filled the needs of American businesses and universities, and it was made easier by U.S. immigration policies. But the report argues that the ready availability of skilled foreigners has meant that fewer native-born Americans, especially minorities, have moved into areas such as engineering, medicine and computer science.

If the trend continues, the report suggests that the professional labor force could develop "a three-tier racial distribution topped by Asian professionals, with non-Hispanic whites as a middle tier, and blacks and Hispanics in the lower tier."

The Center for Immigration Studies is a Washington-based research institute. It has published several reports and books portraying contemporary immigration as an event with negative demographic and environmental consequences.

Immigration's impact on the nation's disadvantaged minorities has become a subject of growing interest among policymakers and experts in recent years. Most of the attention has focused on the influx of large numbers of Latino immigrants into minimum-wage and blue-collar jobs.

The new report found that the United States has more foreign-born Indian physicians than native-born black physicians; more Filipino nurses than native-born Hispanic nurses; and nearly twice as many foreign-born Vietnamese engineers as native-born Puerto Rican engineers.

Asian immigrants not only have surpassed native minorities in sheer numbers in many professions but also in remuneration, the report stated. While nearly 12,000 Asian-born physicians earned more than $150,000 a year, fewer than 1,900 blacks, native- and foreign-born, were paid that much. Although there are slightly more black college professors than Asian immigrant professors, nearly three times as many Asian professors earn more than $75,000 a year than blacks. …

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