Some family-based immigrants may be highly educated or skilled, but the vast majority of admissions are made without regard for those criteria. The immigrant population reflects the system's lack of emphasis on skill. Nearly 31 percent of foreign-born residents over the age of 25 are without a high school diploma, compared to just 10 percent of native-born citizens. Immigrants trail natives in rates of college attendance, associate's degrees, and bachelor's degrees, but earn advanced degrees at a slightly higher rate (10.9 percent, compared to 10.4 percent for natives). Illegal immigrants are the least-educated group, with nearly 75 percent having at most a high school education.
Many may argue that the falling economy and the wealthy not wanting to share their shares is to blame for the raising rates of poverty here in the states. Poverty of course, has a lot to do with money and income but underneath that it is has a deeper story. Stories of how different people are suffering from it and how they are managing to live day by day. It almost seems as if it’s a foreign nation of its own and you only understand the concepts if you are in it. There is no doubt that here in America we are dealing with one of the greatest economic downfalls.
While 58% of families below the UK poverty line contained at least one working parent, benefits available still do not bring them above the 60% median household income. [4,7] Along with income inequality other inequalities such as: ethnicity, housing and the neighborhood in which the child lives; all contribute to poverty. People from ethnic minority groups in Britain are significantly more likely to be living in poverty. Around a third of all children are living in poverty; but disadvantage is deeper among children in ethnic minority groups as a whole. Homelessness; poor accommodation such as overcrowding, poor state of repair blights childhood.
Running head: ILLITERACY “The Economic Downfall of Families When Plagued with Illiteracy” Charles Isaac EH 1020, English Composition II Professor Busby July 17, 2012 Abstract Illiteracy is the lack of basic reading and writing skills. It is seen throughout the nation growing at an exponential rate in adults and children. Since education is one of the vital components to success in today’s society, literacy is very important in all ages. Most illiteracy is seen in lower class families that do not earn enough wages to be privileged with a respectable education. Without this education, a family member cannot obtain a job that will provide a comfortable living for the family so inner city ghettos are the home of the impoverished.
Low paying jobs keep the working poor impoverished. Someone working a full-time job, fifty two weeks a year at minimum wage would only earn $13, 624 a year, which is below the poverty line for two or more people (Lauer & Lauer, 2011). The kind of work that very poor people “access through their informal social networks is often low quality – poorly paid, insecure, offering little opportunity for progression” (Afridi, 2011, p.9). Two social issues that affect those living below the poverty line include social exclusion and the high probability of becoming victims of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Social exclusion is a term which incorporates the condition of social isolation and
The welfare state directly causes poverty as Murray points out that the generosity of the welfare state creates a dependency culture and a work shy underclass who are prepared just to live off benefits without ever working thus the welfare state undermines personal responsibility and self help. Also, the welfare state indirectly causes poverty. This is because the high amount of tax, which funds the welfare state, hinders entrepreneurs to create new jobs. However, the New Right view has been highly criticised because the welfare state and the minimum wage help to protect workers from employers exploiting them. Without the welfare state, there would be a large gap between the rich and poor.
It’s not just people that are homeless, no food or clothing. Poverty can be describes in many different ways. People who may not be able to make their bills each month are in poverty. People who just have financial difficulty once a year are in poverty. People who have material problems that don’t have medical insurance, so they cannot go to the doctor are in poverty.
Forty two percent of all families below the UK poverty line contained no working members(CPAG, 2009/10). This shows that a lot of poor people do not work. Low Paid Work is another cause of Poverty. You find people working, but their earning is not enough to support their families. The cost of living keeps getting higher and higher.
Americans are brought to believe that if they work hard, they will succeed in life. This is not the case though, due to the lack of education to earn a living wage for most families already in poverty. In 2005, thirty-seven million Americans, representing twelve-point-seven percent of the population, lived below the poverty line (Beegle 15). High school dropouts are more likely to be unemployed and earn a lower wages. Studies show that in 1993, the risk of poor children were two times higher for grade repetition and high school drop outs, one-point-three times more for parents reporting emotional or behavioral problems, and six-point-eight times for reported cases of child neglect (Beegle 17).