More immigrants have college degrees

More immigrants have college degrees
More immigrants have college degrees

A new study released by the Brookings Institution indicates that the U.S. is home to more immigrants with college degrees than those who failed to complete high school, reports the Washington Post.

In the study, the think tank found that 30 percent of both legal and illegal immigrants in the U.S. had earned at least a bachelor's degree, while 28 percent had never earned a high school diploma.

These figures represent a significant change in the skill level of the immigrant workforce, as the country's economy is increasingly focused on high-tech industries or other fields that require an education.

The report also established that immigrants in coastal cities tend to be more educated than those who live near the border with Mexico. In addition, groups from India, China and the Philippines had the highest proportion of people with degrees.

A roadblock facing some of these immigrants is the fact that degrees earned abroad do not necessarily apply in the U.S.

"When you come here, you know it's not going to be easy," said Luma Ghalib, an Iraqi doctor who had to spend five years studying in the U.S. to re-earn a certification to practice medicine.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were more than 36 million immigrants in the U.S. in 2009.