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Indian moms rank 3 rd in foreign-born babies in US


Washington: Indian women rank third after their Mexican and Chinese peers among foreign mothers giving birth to children in the US with Asian immigrants increasingly accounting for a larger share, according to a latest study, according to PTI.

Among new foreign-born US mothers from the top 10 sending locations, those from India stand out for their low share of births outside marriage (one per cent), high rates of college degree attainment (87 per cent) and high annual family incomes (USD 104,500), the Pew Research Center said yesterday.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, new mothers from Honduras stand out for the high share that are unmarried (66 per cent), lack a high school diploma (51 per cent) and are living in poverty (49 per cent), it said.

“New moms from India stand out on both measures – almost nine-in-ten (87 per cent) have a bachelor’s degree, and their annual median incomes top USD 100, 000,” said the study according to which after rising for decades, the share of US babies born to unmarried women has stabilized in recent years, driven by a sharp decline in births outside of marriage among foreign-born women, and a leveling off among US-born women.

According to the report, as per the latest statistics, in 2014 as many as 901,245 babies were born out of foreign-born mothers. Of these, Mexico accounted for the largest share of 287,052, followed by China (44,829) and India (43,364).

The 287,000 births to Mexican-born women in 2014 outnumbered all births to women from Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania combined.

China and India are the next most common origin countries – babies with mothers from these countries each account for five per cent of births to the foreign born.

It said none of the other countries comes even close to India when it comes to education and financial well off. “The Indian case is particularly extreme – none of the other top sending countries come close in terms of the share of new moms with a bachelor’s degree.

In terms of financial well-being, Indian-born new mothers have annual median family income more than twice as high (USD 104,500) as new US-born mothers (USD 51,200). At the other end of the financial spectrum, just four per cent of Indian-born new mothers are in poverty, compared with 26 per cent of US-born mothers, it added.

“Just one per cent of new mothers from India are unmarried,” the report said, adding that marriage is virtually universal among new mothers from India. Births outside of marriage are also quite uncommon for new mothers from the other top sending countries in Asia: 11 per cent of new mothers from China are unmarried, as are 18 per cent from Vietnam and 19 per cent from the Philippines.