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Were your parents immigrants?
Neither parent was an immigrant 76%  76%  [ 25 ]
My father was an immigrant 6%  6%  [ 2 ]
My mother was an immigrant 6%  6%  [ 2 ]
Both my parents were immigrants 12%  12%  [ 4 ]
One or both parents were immigrants but I was already diagnosed 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
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14 May 2021, 6:59 pm

I read some interesting research which indicated higher rates of autism amongst immigrant families.
So I thought I'd ask the question:

Were your parents immigrants?

This poll applies to immigration to any country, before you were diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition.
Feel free to share your family history, too!

(Mine's boring, my parents were English born and bred and I was brought up there).



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14 May 2021, 7:53 pm

MrsPeel wrote:
I read some interesting research which indicated higher rates of autism amongst immigrant families.
So I thought I'd ask the question:

Were your parents immigrants?

This poll applies to immigration to any country, before you were diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition.
Feel free to share your family history, too!

(Mine's boring, my parents were English born and bred and I was brought up there).


Can you post a link to the research?

Neither of my parents are immigrants. Not sure why prevalence would be higher in part of a population that migrates vs. the part that does not. Moving to another country to set up a new life does not sound like and Aspie trait.



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14 May 2021, 8:06 pm

Neither of my parents are immigrants.


My father migrated elsewhere.

The plan was, supposedly, my whole family migrating with him right after.
But that didn't happened -- it's been over 18 years now.


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14 May 2021, 8:24 pm

No, my parents were both British.

Why is everything a cause for autism? Premature birth, birth complications, C-section, older parents, teenage parents, having an older sibling, having a younger sibling, having a twin, now parents being immigrants.. :?


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14 May 2021, 8:28 pm

Joe90 wrote:
No, my parents were both British.

Why is everything a cause for autism? Premature birth, birth complications, C-section, older parents, teenage parents, having an older sibling, having a younger sibling, having a twin, now parents being immigrants.. :?


I'm not sure anyone's saying it's a cause, just that they correlate.

It might be more likely that people who were born prematurely or via c-section or whatever to be autistic. It doesn't mean that being born prematurely or via c-section or whatever causes autism, just that people who are autistic might be more likely to also have those things be true.


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14 May 2021, 8:31 pm

Yeah, to be fair I don't think they said immigration was a cause of autism.
They'd just found higher rates of autism amongst immigrants - with unknown reason for the link.

The only link I could think of would be if maybe the immigration process was really stressful and maternal stress affected an unborn child? Or it could be related to the different environments moving from one country to another, or from country areas to a city? But nobody knows*.

The poll is really just for discussion and to get some interesting stories on family history.

*(Actually, I did come across a blog claiming that autism arose from the mixing of races and that it was never seen in racially pure populations, but decided the blogger was, at best, a crackpot).



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14 May 2021, 8:32 pm

Joe90 wrote:
No, my parents were both British.

Why is everything a cause for autism? Premature birth, birth complications, C-section, older parents, teenage parents, having an older sibling, having a younger sibling, having a twin, now parents being immigrants.. :?

I'm going to take a guess. It might've been about triggers of change (or lack of it).

Or possible genes of certain nationalities carries, mixed with another.
I saw a survey about it -- it's about immigrant mothers I think.
With one or two nationalities having higher rates than the others, or if both parents aren't immigrants.

And the survey is US based. :lol:


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15 May 2021, 5:12 pm

My parents are both Canadian.


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15 May 2021, 7:13 pm

My mother’s mother came to the US as a child. Both my parents were US born.



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15 May 2021, 8:03 pm

My father was born in Sweden to a Swedish mother and American father and brought to the US as an infant.



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16 May 2021, 1:39 am

yes and i am an immigrant too



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16 May 2021, 2:33 am

I'm an immigrant. :)

I think immigrants are generally associated with higher educational levels and mathematical, medical and scientific skills. That's what they prefer here. I guess I can see those career tracks being more correlated with autism.


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16 May 2021, 12:26 pm

Neither parent was an immigrant nor were my grandparents.


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16 May 2021, 12:47 pm

My father’s side came to the US about the 1840s. My maternal grandmother arrived in the US from Russia in 1910 at age 6.



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16 May 2021, 1:14 pm

The majority of Americans will have an immigrant background. Does America have higher rates of autism than nations with lower rates of immigration?

Also, it would be nice to see a link to the study.



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16 May 2021, 1:19 pm

Here is an article that might make this discussion a bit deeper:

Why autism seems to cluster in some immigrant groups

This issue is not about immigration per se, but particular immigrant communities. The data also seem to be a bit ambiguous.