- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 8, 2007


Immigration caused a decline in the rate of interracial and interethnic marriage in the United States during the 1990s, a study shows.

The study, published in the American Sociological Review, suggests that the growing number of Hispanic and Asian immigrants to the United States has led to more marriages within these groups and fewer marriages between members of these groups and whites.

“These declines in intermarriages are a significant departure from past trends,” said Zhenchao Qian, a sociology professor at Ohio State University, who conducted the study with Cornell University professor Daniel Lichter. “The decline reflects the growth in the immigrant population during the ‘90s; more native-born Asian-Americans and Hispanics are marrying their foreign-born counterparts.”

Almost all interracial and interethnic marriages are between whites and minorities; few marriages occur between people of different minority groups, Mr. Qian said. The intermarriage rate increased during the 1970s and ‘80s but began declining in the ‘90s, particularly between whites and Asian-Americans or Hispanics.

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