Jens Manuel Krogstad is a senior writer and editor at Pew Research Center. He studies the political engagement of Latinos in the U.S., Latino public opinion, trends in Hispanic demographics and global migration. He is an author of reports about Latinos and the 2016 elections, Latino views of the economy and language use among U.S. Hispanics. He is also a regular contributor to the Center’s Fact Tank blog, authoring posts on U.S. border apprehensions and deportations, refugees in the U.S. and Europe, and Cuban and Puerto Rican migration. Prior to joining Pew Research Center, Krogstad spent nine years as a newspaper reporter, most recently at The Des Moines Register and USA Today. He earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish from the University of Minnesota. Krogstad regularly talks with the media about the Center’s findings in both English and Spanish.
Key takeaways about Latino voters in the 2018 midterm elections
Latinos made up an estimated 11% of all voters nationwide on Election Day, nearly matching their share of the U.S. eligible voter population.
Hispanic voters more engaged in 2018 than in previous midterms
More Hispanic registered voters say they have given “quite a lot” of thought to the upcoming midterm elections compared with four years ago and are more enthusiastic to vote this year than in previous congressional elections. But they lag behind the general public on some measures of voter engagement.
More Latinos Have Serious Concerns About Their Place in America Under Trump
About half of U.S. Latinos say the situation for Hispanics in the U.S. has worsened over the past year, and a majority say they worry that they or someone they know could be deported.
Hispanic voter registration rises in Florida, but role of Puerto Ricans remains unclear
The number of Hispanic registered voters in Florida has increased 6.2% since the 2016 presidential election, to a record 2.1 million people. Hispanics now make up a record 16.4% of Florida’s registered voters, up from 15.7% in 2016.
Education levels of U.S. immigrants are on the rise
In 2016, 17.2% of U.S. immigrants ages 25 and older had a bachelor’s degree and another 12.8% had attained a postgraduate degree. Both shares are up since 1980.
Key facts about young Latinos, one of the nation’s fastest-growing populations
Youth is a defining characteristic of the U.S. Latino population. Latinos ages 35 or younger accounted for well over half of the nation’s Latino population in 2016.
Latinos are more likely to believe in the American dream, but most say it is hard to achieve
Hispanics are more likely than the general U.S. public to believe in the American dream – that hard work will pay off and that each generation is better off than the one prior.
Record number of forcibly displaced people lived in sub-Saharan Africa in 2017
The number of people living in sub-Saharan Africa who were forced to leave their homes due to conflict reached a new high of 18.4 million in 2017, up sharply from 14.1 million in 2016 – the largest regional increase of forcibly displaced people in the world.
EU unemployment rate falls to near pre-recession low
The EU’s unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point in almost a decade, though joblessness still varies among the 28 countries that make up the bloc.
For the first time, U.S. resettles fewer refugees than the rest of the world
The U.S. has taken in 3 million of the more than 4 million refugees resettled worldwide since 1980. But in 2017, the U.S. resettled 33,000 refugees, the country’s lowest total since the years following 9/11.