William Frey on BBC World News 17 May 2012
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William Frey: Changing US population 'alters priorities'

17 May 2012 Last updated at 19:56 BST

The US Census Bureau has released data showing that, for the first time ever, children from racial and ethnic minorities now account for more than half the births in the US.

Black, Hispanic, Asian and mixed-race births made up 50.4% of new arrivals in the year ending in July 2011, the data show.

The Brookings Institution's William Frey says that sharp divisions could arise as aging white baby boomers, who prioritise pensions and healthcare, are replaced by a younger, more diverse generation with different priorities such as education and home ownership.