March 7, 2022
Net migration to the U.S. declined significantly over the last 5 years due to Trump administration policies, processing backlogs, the pandemic, and other factors.
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.
January 31, 2022
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.
March 25, 2021
Deportations ramped up during the Trump administration but fell far short of levels reached in the Bush and Obama years of 2008-2011. The use of detention rose.
August 10, 2020
Tara Watson (Williams College) discusses her and Kalee Thompson’s forthcoming book, Unauthorized: The Human and Economic Costs of Immigration Enforcement in America.
June 17, 2020
COVID-19 job losses are particularly large among non-citizens, who are especially vulnerable because they have limited access to social safety net protections.