Research

Immigration and Poverty


The Economic Benefits of Fixing Our Broken Immigration System
The White House, July 2013

Poor Immigrants Use Public Benefits at a Lower Rate than Poor Native-Born Citizens
Leighton Ku and Brian Bruen, Cato Institute, March 2013

Close to Slavery: Guestworker Programs in the United States
Southern Poverty Law Center, February 2013

The Role of Language Literacy in College- and Career-Ready Standards: Rethinking Policy and Practice in Support of English Language Learners
Alliance for Excellent Education, October 2012

The Economic Benefits of Passing the DREAM Act
Juan Carlos Guzmán and Raúl C. Jara, Center for American Progress, October 2012

Immigrants in the United States: A Profile of America's Foreign-Born Population
Steven A. Camarota, Center for Immigration Studies, August 2012

The Rise of Asian Americans
Pew Research Center, June 2012

Children in Immigrant Families: Essential to America’s Future
Donald J. Hernandez and Jeffrey S. Napierala, Foundation for Child Development, June 2012

Hunger and Poverty among Latino Immigrant Children
Bread for the World Institute, September 2011

Immigration and Poverty in America's Suburbs
Roberto Suro, Jill H. Wilson and Audrey Singer, The Brookings Institution, August 2011

The Low Wages of Black Immigrants: Wage Penalties for U.S.-Born and Foreign-Born Black Workers
Patrick L. Mason and Algernon Austin, Economic Policy Institute, August 2011

Poor Children by Parents’ Nativity: What Do We Know?
Vanessa R. Wight, Kalyani Thampi and Michelle Chau, National Center for Children in Poverty, April 2011

SNAP Take-up Among Immigrant Families with Children
Curtis Skinner, National Center for Children in Poverty, March 2011

Children in Immigrant Families: Ensuring Opportunity for Every Child in America
Wendy Cervantes and Donald J. Hernandez, First Focus and the Foundation for Child Development, March 2011

The Impact of the Great Recession on Metropolitan Immigration Trends
Audrey Singer and Jill H. Wilson, Brookings Institution, December 2010

Children of Immigrants: Economic Well-Being
Ajay Chaudry and Karina Fortuny, Urban Institute, November 2010

Injustice on Our Plates: Immigrant Women in the U.S. Food Industry
Southern Poverty Law Center, November 2010

Injustice on Our Plates: Immigrant Women in the U.S. Food Industry
Children's HealthWatch, October 2010

Ten Economic Facts About Immigration
Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney, The Hamilton Project and Brookings Institution,
September 2010

Effects of Immigration on WIC and NSLP Caseloads
Tracy Vericker, Karina Fortuny, Kenneth Finegold, Sevgi Bayram Ozdemir, Urban Institute,
September 2010

Young Children of Immigrants: The Leading Edge of America’s Future
Karina Fortuny, Donald J. Hernandez, and Ajay Chaudry , Urban Institute, August 2010

The Effects of Citizenship on Family Income and Poverty
Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute, February 2010

Children in Immigrant Families -- The U.S. and 50 States: Economic Need Beyond the Official Poverty Measure (pdf)
Donald J. Hernandez, Nancy A. Denton and Suzanne Macartney, Child Trends and The Center for Social and Demographic Analysis, April 2009

Importing Poverty: Immigration and Poverty in the United States: A Book of Charts
Robert Rector, Heritage Institute, October 2006

Some researchers claim that the poverty rate is artificially inflated due to the massive inflow of low-skilled and less-educated immigrants.

Financial Access for Immigrants: Lessons From Diverse Perspectives (pdf)
Anna Paulson, Audrey Singer, Robin Newberger and Jeremy Smith, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Center for the Study of Financial Access for Immigrants and the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, May 2006

Immigration and poverty: Disappointing income growth in the 1990s not solely the result of growing immigrant
Jeff Chapman and Jared Bernstein, September 2002

Researchers from the Economic Policy Institute claim that the growth of the immigrant population is not the only or most critical contribution to the poverty increase.

Making It in America: Social Mobility in the Immigrant Population
George J. Borjas, Fall 2006

In this report, Borjas examines the social and economic mobility of 1st and 2nd generation immigrants, concluding that the historical trend of immigrants catching up to native-born workers fairly quickly is unlikely to continue, due to lack of opportunity and assimilation.

Misreading the Poverty Data
Robert Greenstein, September 2007

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