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Puerto Rican Population Declines on Island, Grows on U.S. Mainland

Puerto Ricans have left the financially troubled island for the U.S. mainland this decade in their largest numbers since the Great Migration after World War II, citing job-related reasons above all others. These migrants are also different from earlier waves, being less likely to settle in traditional Northeast communities and more likely to live in the South, especially in Florida. This escalated loss of migrants has fueled the island’s first sustained population decline as a U.S. territory, even as the stateside Puerto Rican population grew briskly.

Jul 22, 2014

Children 12 and under are fastest growing group of unaccompanied minors at U.S.-Mexico border

As the number of unaccompanied children trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border has surged, the increase in apprehensions among children 12 and younger has been far greater than among teens, though the bulk of unaccompanied children caught at the border are teenagers. The new figures, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Pew Research Center, provide the first publicly available detailed portrait of the age and home country of child migrants—unaccompanied and accompanied—caught at the U.S.-Mexico border from Oct. 1, 2012, to May 31, 2014. The time period covers the previous fiscal year and two-thirds (8 months) of the current one.

Political Attitudes and Values

Reports and public opinion surveys examining the changing electoral participation and views of Latinos.


The Hispanic Trends Project recently published “When Labels Don’t Fit: Hispanics and their Views of Identity,” a report based on a nationwide survey that found most Hispanics don’t embrace the term “Hispanic.” And even fewer prefer the term “Latino.”

We then invited journalists, scholars and civic leaders to share their views about identity.