. . . Thursday May 27, 2004

The Immigrant Long

Forget the tired, poor, huddled masses. It turns out we are importing immigrants from around the world who will on average outlive U.S. born residents by more than three years (at least that is until the ‘anti-longevity among those with an accent’ language gets inserted into the Patriot Act).

Immigrants are more likely to be poor and less likely to make regular visits to a doctor. So what gives? It turns out that immigrants tend to smoke less, eat less fast food and spend less time sitting around. But the move to the U.S. is key as well (although, for optimal results, assimilation should stop at the drive-thru entrance). By far the best case scenario is to be born elsewhere and to move to America at some point.

I’m going to Tuscany this summer. I wonder if that’ll help.

Concentration is important!