Saturday, November 21

Peruvians in the United States

Last night at the institute I teach at, El Cultural, myself and two other professors talked about universities in the United States. How to apply. Costs. Where to apply. Requirements for foreign students.  Many students were interested in how to receive their masters, and even how to move permanently to the States.

It got me thinking about Peruvian immigrants in the United States. Actually, Sergio isn't the only member of his family to have lived there. His paternal uncle moved to San Francisco permanently in the 1970s. Soon after, Sergio's father followed him and spent about seven years in California. He recalls his family being among the few Peruvians in the area. Numbers have surely grown. In 2000, the U.S. Census counted 293,000 Peruvian immigrants in the United States. 

In one of their recent reports "Coming from the Americas," the Census Bureau comes to some interesting conclusions. Most South American immigrants to the States live in either Miami or New York, not the west coast. Compared to other Latin American immigrants, they are the most educated, more than 49% having superior education. They are also most likely to have managerial or professional occupations and least likely to have service occupations in the United States.

I'm sure I'll get more info on Peruvian immigrants to the U.S. as my work with El Cultural progresses. The institute works in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Lima to promote cultural exchange in addition to teaching the English language. 

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