David J. Bier, a research fellow at the Cato Institute who has built an expertise in immigration issues over the last few years, has an outstanding post today titled “Haitians Assimilate Well in the United States,” Cato at Liberty, October 4.
He applies a data howitzer to the issue, laying out fact after fact that make his case.
Here are a few.
Language assimilation of Haitian immigrants:
more than two thirds of Haitians above the age of 25 do not speak English well upon moving to the United States (Figure 1). However, this rate falls quite dramatically as Haitians remain in the United States over a long period of time, to only ~17 percent after 10 or more years of residence.
Haitians get jobs quickly:
Although most Haitians arrive without jobs, a majority of adults find work within 1 year. After three years of residency in the United States, Haitians actually had a higher rate of employment than the population on average, peaking at nearly 80 percent, or almost 20 percent higher than the national average.
I think he understates it. I think he’s comparing 80 percent to our employment/population ratio of 58.5 percent as of August 2021. 80 percent is a whopping 37 percent above 58.5 percent. Bier may have had in mind a more normal pre-pandemic time, such as 2019. Even there, though, he understated it. The employment/population ratio then was 60.8 percent. 80 percent is 32 percent about 60.8 percent. (Maybe his 20 percent was meant to be 20 percentage points.)
Language of people born in the United States but of Haitian ancestry:
Nearly 100 percent of those born in the United States with Haitian ancestry speak English well or very well with only 1 percent speaking English “not well” or not at all.
Do read the whole thing.