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Queens community district_2

  1. 1. Immigration and Literacy in Queens Community District 2
  2. 2. A Melting Pot... <ul><ul><li>60% of the population of Queens Community District 2 is foreign-born </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>75% of the population speak a language other than English in the home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>45% of the population above the age of 5 years old does not speak English fluently </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In 2000, 50% of the non-English speaking population in QCD2 spoke Spanish and 23% spoke Chinese or Korean at home </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Source: NYC Department of City Planning Website
  4. 4. Improvements <ul><ul><li>State test scores in language arts are improving for elementary school children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More citywide bi- or multi-lingual services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Queens-based offices provide the best language services of the five boroughs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NYC Dept of Education English Language Learners Program </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. An example of the impact of immigration on public services in NYC: In QCD2, 50% of the non-English speaking population speak Spanish, necessitating bilingual MTA notifications
  6. 6. Setbacks... <ul><ul><li>City hospitals often cannot provide medical services in immigrants' native languages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal services, particularly in labor and immigration law, are often provided to immigrants by English-speaking firms  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insufficient funding and long waiting lists for ESL classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>12% of the land in QCD2 is being used for parking facilities and vacant lots, while only 3% is used for &quot;institutions&quot;, including schools </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Land Use in Queens Community District 2, 2006
  8. 8. The New York Immigration Coalition is a local organization that advocates for immigrant services, particularly in the field of literacy

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