Immigration
What Explains the Wages of Undocumented Workers?
Immigration

What Explains the Wages of Undocumented Workers?

The Issue:

An estimated 7.6 million unauthorized immigrants ages 18 and older were in the U.S. labor force in 2017, representing 4.6 percent of the labor force. Undocumented foreign workers earn lower wages than legal immigrants and native workers with similar skills. What are the reasons for this wage gap?