The impact of immigrants on host country wages, employment and growth

Rachel M. Friedberg, Jennifer Hunt

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Immigration is a contentious issue in the industrialized nations of the world. This is true not merely in traditional receiving countries, such as the United States, Canada and Australia, but in recent decades also in Europe, which historically experienced net emigration. The country composition of immigration to the United States has changed greatly over time, partly due to the dramatic change in entry policy brought about by the Immigration and Nationality Act amendments of 1965, which abolished the national origins quota system in place since the 1920s. Theoretical predictions of the impact of immigration on the wages of natives depend upon the model used. Many of the key issues in the debate on immigration policy are economic. The connection between immigration and growth is likely to depend upon the circumstances of the receiving economy and the characteristics of the immigrant inflow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe New Immigrant in the American Economy
Subtitle of host publicationInterdisciplinary Perspectives on the New Immigration
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781135709105
ISBN (Print)9780815337065
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)


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