Topic:
IMMIGRATION; MEDICAID; STATISTICAL INFORMATION; SOCIAL SERVICES; SCHOOL DISTRICTS;
Location:
IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION; SCHOOLS; WELFARE - MEDICAL ASSISTANCE (MEDICAID);

OLR Research Report


September 5, 2007

 

2007-R-0512

PUBLIC SCHOOL AND SOCIAL SERVICES FOR NON-CITIZENS

By: Susan Price, Principal Legislative Analyst

You asked how many students in Connecticut schools are not U.S. citizens, with a breakdown for the six largest school districts. You also asked how many non-citizens receive services from the Department of Social Services (DSS) or under state Medicaid.

SUMMARY

State Department of Education records do not include students' citizenship status, and we were unable to find any source that does. The U.S. Census Bureau's 2005 American Community Survey estimates that 23,474 of the 830,890 children under age 18 living in Connecticut are not U.S. citizens.

Table 1 below shows its estimates for each county. We also enclose the original Census tables showing the large margins of error associated with the bureau's estimates.

We are awaiting information from DSS on services it provides to non-citizens and will forward it to you upon receipt.

Table 1: Citizenship Status: Children Under Age 181

County

Native Born (U.S. Citizen)

Foreign Born

Fairfield

215,646

14,129

Naturalized: 3,798

Non-citizen: 10,331

Hartford

199,658

7,302

Naturalized: 2,793

Non-citizen: 4,509

Litchfield

42,518

1,604

Naturalized: 821

Non-citizen: 783

Middlesex

35,193

271

Naturalized: 233

Non-citizen: 38

New Haven

190,562

7,465

Naturalized: 1,294

Non-citizen: 6,171

New London

60,127

1,766

Naturalized: 560

Non-citizen: 1,206

Tolland

29,342

560

Naturalized: 124

Non-citizen: 436

Windham

26,451

0

Naturalized: 0

Non-citizen: 0

Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2005 American Community Survey

1 Estimates are based on sample data and subject to sampling variability. See original tables (attached) for margins of error associated with each data element.