Immigration has historically been an important driver of U.S. population growth and immigrants are a significant share of the nation’s workers: About 45 million foreign-born people lived in the United States in 2022, making up about 14 percent of the U.S. population and around 17 percent of the labor force. Our posts cover research on the impacts of changing immigration policies; the contributions of immigrants to economic growth; how immigration affects the wages of native-born workers; the contribution of immigrants to government coffers as well as their use of public benefits; among other topics.

The Economics of Immigration
Podcast: Podcast

The Economics of Immigration

Giovanni Peri University of California, Davis

Giovanni Peri (UC Davis) discusses the many roles that immigrants play in the US economy, and how current labor shortages are linked to international travel disruptions and immigration restrictions.