University of Wisconsin–Madison

Immigrants and the Economy: Contribution of Immigrant Workers to the Country's 25 Largest Metropolitan Areas

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice
This report examines the economic role of immigrants in the 25 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The report finds that the immigration and economic growth of metro areas go hand in hand; immigrants contribute to the economy in proportion to their share of the population. It also finds that immigrants earn wages that are broadly comparable to their U.S.-born counterparts at the high end of the labor market, whereas at the low-end (particularly, in service occupations), immigrants have a hard time making ends meet.

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