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MPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide.

The Economics and Policy of Illegal Immigration in the United States

Posted by migrationpolicy on December 2nd, 2009

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2632/4174545394_e2d28d60e3_m.jpg Illegal immigration's overall impact on the US economy is negligible, despite clear benefits for employers and unauthorized immigrants and slightly depressed wages for low-skilled native workers, according to this report by University of California, San Diego Professor of Economics Gordon Hanson for MPI's Labor Markets Initiative. The largest economic gains from illegal immigration flow to unauthorized workers, who see very substantial income hikes after migrating, Hanson says, suggesting that policy changes could increase the positive contribution that low-skilled workers make to the US economy by converting illegal flows to legal ones. Download Report | Press Release | Watch Event Video | Event PPT | Watch Video

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