This post was originally written two weeks ago. I have updated with new information and charts that help explain why “Millennials” (per polls) are more supportive of immigration than are “Boomers”.
- “Boomers” grew up in families of 3.75+/- kids while Millennials grew up in families of 1.8 +/- kids. “Boomers” coming of age in the 1970s-1980s were in competition with each other for jobs, housing ,etc, during a period of high inflation, job markets flooded with new workers, and 4 lengthy recessions.
- “Millennials” grew up with less domestic competition and are more likely to have significant international experience. Surveys show Americans with international experience are more supportive of immigration to the U.S.
- The U.S. population would have been shrinking for years, except for immigration. This dynamic is completely different for today’s new young adults versus those in the 1970s and 1980s.
The two generations had very different experiences – and this will have influenced their thoughts on immigration.