Economics

Pay-to-Go Schemes and Other Noncoercive Return Programs: Is Scale Possible?

Report Author: 
Richard Black, Michael Collyer, Will Somerville
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 Apr

For decades, some immigrant-receiving countries have experimented with policies designed to encourage unauthorized immigrants to leave without the cost, legal barriers and political obstacles that result from removals or forced returns.

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Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Immigrants in the United States: How Well Are they Integrating into Society?

Report Author: 
Tomas R. Jimenez
Original Date of Publication: 
2011 May

Sociologist Tomás Jiménez examines the integration of immigrants in the USA across five indicators: language proficiency, socioeconomic attainment, political participation, residential locale and social interaction with host communities. Jiménez finds the recent inflow of immigrants is integrating reasonably well—and learning English faster than ever before—almost entirely without the help of policy intervention.

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Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

The Impact of Immigrants in Recession and Economic Expansion

Report Author: 
Giovanni Peri
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Jun

Migration Policy Institute U.S. Immigration Policy Program

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Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Raising the Floor for American Workers: The Economic Benefits of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Report Author: 
Dr. Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Jan

Comprehensive immigration reform that includes a legalization program for unauthorized immigrants and enables a future flow of legal workers would result in a large economic benefit—a cumulative $1.5 trillion in added U.S. gross domestic product over 10 years. In stark contrast, a deportation-only policy would result in a loss of $2.6 trillion in GDP over 10 years.

Raising the Floor for American Workers

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Source Organization: 
Immigration Policy Center

New Americans: The Political and Economic Power of Immigrants, Latinos and Asians State-by-State

Report Author: 
Immigrant Policy Center
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Jul

Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians account for large and growing shares of the U.S. economy and electorate. Overall, immigrants made up more than 12% of the U.S. population (or nearly 38 million people) in 2008, and more than 43% of them are naturalized U.S. citizens meaning they are eligible to vote. “New Americans”—immigrants and the children of immigrants—accounted for more than 8.6% (or 11.7 million people) of all registered U.S. voters in 2006.

Source Organization: 
Immigration Policy Center

It's Tax Time! Immigrants and Taxes: Contributions to State and Federal Coffers

Report Author: 
Immigration Policy Center
Original Date of Publication: 
2008 Apr

 

This IPC report brief finds that immigrants not only pay their own way in taxes, but play a hefty role in shoring up the teetering Social Security system, and provide a fiscal windfall to U.S. taxpayers by tending to come to the United States during their prime working years—after the costs of their education and upbringing have been borne by their home countries.

 

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Source Organization: 
Immigration Policy Center

Fewer Job Openings Equals Fewer Immigrants:Undocumented Immigration Slows Along With the U.S. Economy

Report Author: 
Immigration Policy Center
Original Date of Publication: 
2008 Oct

 

According to new estimates from the Pew Hispanic Center, the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States did not increase between 2007 and 2008, and may actually have fallen. These findings should come as no surprise given the current state of the economy.

 

Source Organization: 
Immigration Policy Center

Immigration and the Macroeconomy

Report Author: 
Federico S. Mandelman and Andrei Zlate
Original Date of Publication: 
2008 Nov

We analyze the dynamics of labor migration and the insurance role of remittances in a twocountry,real business cycle framework. Emigration increases with the expected stream of future wagegains but is dampened by the sunk cost reflecting border enforcement. During booms in the destinationeconomy, the scarcity of established immigrants lessens capital accumulation, labor productivity, and thenative wage. The welfare gain from the inflow of unskilled labor increases with the complementarity

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Source Organization: 
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Neighborhood Revitalization

Report Author: 
Ramon Borges-Mendez, Michael Liu and Paul Watanabe
Original Date of Publication: 
2005 Dec

The major objective of these studies was to assess the impact that immigrant entrepreneurs have on the three neighborhoods. The immigrant entrepreneurs we encountered contribute to the economy and quality of life of the neighborhoods they serve in a number of ways.

Source Organization: 
University of Massachusetts
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