European immigrants

Still an Hourglass? Immigrant workers in Middle-skilled Jobs (Report in Brief)

Report Author: 
Randy Capps, Michael Fix and Serena Yi-Ying Lin
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Sep

This report casts doubt on  the depiction of the immigrant workforce as an hourglass noting that almost a quarter of immigrants in 2006 were working in "middle skill" jobs compared to 29% of native-born Americans. Middle-skilled jobs are defined as "jobs that require more than a high school but less than a four-year college degree and that typically pay a family-sustaining wage ($30,000 annually per worker). In three of four specific occupations analyzed in the report (healthcare, IT and hospitality) the percent of immigrants actually exceeded that of native workers.

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Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Overcoming the Barriers Faced by Immigrants: A briefing report

Report Author: 
New Jersey State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Sep

Overcoming the Barriers Faced by Immigrants (click to view report)

Source Organization: 
Immigrant Learning Center

Immigration Policy and Less-skilled Workers in the United States: Reflections on Future Directors for Reform

Report Author: 
Harry J. Holzer
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Jan

This study by economist Harry J. Holzer, former Chief Economist for the US Department of Labor, reviews findings from the research literature on the benefits and costs of low-skilled immigration. His point of departure is the well-publicized debate between economists David Card of the University of California and George Borjas of Harvard, who have differed over the extent to which immigrant workers compete with native-born workers.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Unauthorized Immigrant Population: National and State Trends 2010

Report Author: 
Jeffrey S. Passel and D’Vera Cohn
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Feb

This statistical analysis of the undocumented population updates previous annual reports published by the Pew Research Center. At 11.2 million in 2010, Pew's estimate of the national total of undocumented immigrants remains largely unchanged from 2009. During the previous two years (2007-2009), however, the number had declined from a high of 12 million in 2007. At the same time, the 2010 numbers show significant variations among the states. The decline in unauthorized numbers was especially great in New York and Florida, while increases occurred in Texas and Louisiana.

Source Organization: 
Pew Hispanic Center

Immigration Myths and Facts

Report Author: 
US Chamber of Commerce
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 May

In an effort to counteract misinformation about the impact of immigration on American society, the U.S. Chamber's Labor, Immigration and Employee Benefits Division prepared this pamphlet to "refute seven of the most common myths about immigrants coming to our country." The pamphlet "summarize[s] the facts on the relationship of immigrants to Jobs, Wages, Taxes, Population, Crime, Integration and Welfare." The Chamber's review "shows that immigrants significantly benefit the U.S. economy by creating new jobs, and complementing the skills of the U.S.

Source Organization: 
Immigrant Learning Center

Eight Policies to Boost the Economic Contribution of Employment-based Immigration

Report Author: 
Demetrios G. Papademetriou and Madeleine Sumptio
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Jun

The authors contend "that successful economic-stream immigration systems are transparent and flexible, create predictable outcomes and remain open to constant adaptation and experimentation." In order for immigration to be a "powerful tool for supporting a country's economic growth and prosperity,"  the following policies should be implemented:

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Public Safety Programs for the Immigrant Community

Report Author: 
National League of Cities' Center for Research and Innovation
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Jan

Public Safety Programs for the Immigrant Community 

This report provides short descriptions of model police outreach programs to immigrant populations in 17 U.S. cities of diverse size and location including contacts for additional information.

Source Organization: 
National League of Cities
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