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A breakdown of DACA recipient demographics

On Behalf of | Jan 26, 2023 | Immigration And Naturalization

According to reports from December 2021, there are over 600,000 people who are DACA recipients in New Jersey and the rest of the United States. The following demographics were collected by an associate professor of political science at the United States Immigration Policy Center.

Age, marital status and country of origin

For the most part, recipients of DACA were found to be unmarried. The age group of two-thirds of recipients was between 20 and 30 years old.

For almost 500,000 of these individuals, Mexico is their country of origin. This makes up 80% of all recipients.

Most of the immigration by Dreamers who weren’t born in Mexico came from Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador. There are about 139 countries total from which DACA recipients originate.

Nearly one-half of the recipients of DACA reportedly lived in Texas and California. New York and Illinois had the next highest population of Dreamers, according to the study.

Employment rates and income level

Another finding of the National DACA Study from 2021 is a major improvement in economic integration after the approval of DACA applications. The study showed employment for 80% of DACA applicants after they’d been approved, whereas less than 40% of them had been employed prior to approval.

Recipients made twice as much money on average after DACA approval. This made it possible for countless families to become financially independent and even support extended family members.

Several measures were taken to ensure the accuracy of the findings. Only one response was allowed for every IP address, and recipients involved in the study didn’t have any incentives offered to them. The DACA recipients who participated in the study were also asked the same questions in different ways to screen their consistency. Inconsistent responses were weeded out and not included in the final results.