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{{Short description|Movement of people into another country or region to which they are not native }}{{Distinguish|emigration|Migration (disambiguation){{!}}Migration}}{{Redirect|Immigrant}}{{further|Immigration by country}}{{pp-vandalism|small=yes}}{{Use dmy dates|date=May 2016}}File:Net Migration Rate.svg|thumb|right|upright=1.8|(Net migration rate]]s for 2016: positive (blue), negative (orange), stable (green), and no data (gray)){{legal status}}Immigration is the international movement of people to a destination country of which they are not natives or where they do not possess citizenship in order to settle or reside there, especially as permanent residents or naturalized citizens, or to take up employment as a migrant worker or temporarily as a foreign worker.WEB,weblink immigration, Oxford University Press,, 11 May 2016, WEB,weblink immigrate, Merriam-Webster, In.,, 27 March 2014, WEB, Who's who: Definitions,weblink Refugee Council, London, England, 2016, 7 September 2015, As for economic effects, research suggests that migration is beneficial both to the receiving and sending countries.JOURNAL, di Giovanni, Julian, Levchenko, Andrei A., Ortega, Francesc, 1 February 2015, A Global View of Cross-Border Migration, Journal of the European Economic Association, 13, 1, 168–202, 10.1111/jeea.12110, 1542-4774, 10230/22196, Research, with few exceptions, finds that immigration on average has positive economic effects on the native population, but is mixed as to whether low-skilled immigration adversely affects low-skilled natives.JOURNAL, Card, David, Dustmann, Christian, Preston, Ian, 1 February 2012, Immigration, Wages, and Compositional Amenities, Journal of the European Economic Association, 10, 1, 78–119, 10.1111/j.1542-4774.2011.01051.x, 1542-4774,weblink BOOK, The economics of immigration: theory and policy, Bodvarsson, Örn B, Van den Berg, Hendrik, 1 January 2013, Springer, 9781461421153, New York; Heidelberg [u.a.], 157, 852632755, WEB,weblink Migration Within Europe {{!, IGM Forum||access-date=2016-12-07}}WEB,weblink Poll Results {{!, IGM Forum||accessdate=19 September 2015}}WEB,weblink Poll Results {{!, IGM Forum||accessdate=19 September 2015}} Studies show that the elimination of barriers to migration would have profound effects on world GDP, with estimates of gains ranging between 67 and 147 percent.JOURNAL, Iregui, Ana Maria, 1 January 2003, Efficiency Gains from the Elimination of Global Restrictions on Labour Mobility: An Analysis using a Multiregional CGE Model,weblink JOURNAL, Clemens, Michael A, 1 August 2011, Economics and Emigration: Trillion-Dollar Bills on the Sidewalk?, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 25, 3, 83–106, 10.1257/jep.25.3.83, 0895-3309, JOURNAL, Hamilton, B., Whalley, J., 1 February 1984, Efficiency and distributional implications of global restrictions on labour mobility: calculations and policy implications, Journal of Development Economics, 14, 1–2, 61–75, 10.1016/0304-3878(84)90043-9, 0304-3878, 12266702, Development economists argue that reducing barriers to labor mobility between developing countries and developed countries would be one of the most efficient tools of poverty reduction.JOURNAL, Milanovic, Branko, 7 January 2014, Global Inequality of Opportunity: How Much of Our Income Is Determined by Where We Live?, Review of Economics and Statistics, 97, 2, 452–460, 10.1162/REST_a_00432, 0034-6535, 10986/21484, BOOK, Mishra, Prachi, Emigration and wages in source countries: a survey of the empirical literature, International Handbook on Migration and Economic Development, 241–266, 10.4337/9781782548072.00013, 9781782548072, 2014-12-26, Edward Elgar Publishing, JOURNAL, Clemens, Michael A., Pritchett, Lant, The New Economic Case for Migration Restrictions: An Assessment, IZA Discussion Papers, February 2016, 9730,weblink 13 February 2016, en, The academic literature provides mixed findings for the relationship between immigration and crime worldwide, but finds for the United States that immigration either has no impact on the crime rate or that it reduces the crime rate.BOOK, 2015, The Integration of Immigrants into American Society,weblink en, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 10.17226/21746, Americans have long believed that immigrants are more likely than natives to commit crimes and that rising immigration leads to rising crime... This belief is remarkably resilient to the contrary evidence that immigrants are in fact much less likely than natives to commit crimes., 978-0-309-37398-2, BOOK,weblink Immigration, Crime and Justice, Lee, Matthew T., Martinez Jr., Ramiro, Emerald Group Publishing, 2009, 9781848554382, 3–16, Immigration reduces crime: an emerging scholarly consensus, Research shows that country of origin matters for speed and depth of immigrant assimilation, but that there is considerable assimilation overall for both first- and second-generation immigrants.JOURNAL, Immigrants' Economic Assimilation: Evidence from Longitudinal Earnings Records, American Sociological Review, 83, 4, 686–715, 10.1177/0003122418780366, 30555169, 6290669, 2018, Villarreal, Andrés, Tamborini, Christopher R., JOURNAL, Blau, Francine D., 2015, Immigrants and Gender Roles: Assimilation vs. Culture, IZA Journal of Migration, 4, 1, 1–21, 10.1186/s40176-015-0048-5,weblink 13 October 2018, Research has found extensive evidence of discrimination against foreign born and minority populations in criminal justice, business, the economy, housing, health care, media, and politics in the United States and Europe.JOURNAL, Zschirnt, Eva, Ruedin, Didier, 27 May 2016, Ethnic discrimination in hiring decisions: a meta-analysis of correspondence tests 1990–2015, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 42, 7, 1115–1134, 10.1080/1369183X.2015.1133279, 1369-183X, 10419/142176, JOURNAL, Rich, Judy, What Do Field Experiments of Discrimination in Markets Tell Us? A Meta Analysis of Studies Conducted since 2000, IZA Discussion Papers, October 2014, 8584,weblink 24 April 2016, en, 2517887, JOURNAL, Rehavi, M. Marit, Starr, Sonja B., 2014, Racial Disparity in Federal Criminal Sentences, Journal of Political Economy, en, 122, 6, 1320–1354, 10.1086/677255, 0022-3808,weblink JOURNAL, Enos, Ryan D., 2016-01-01, What the Demolition of Public Housing Teaches Us about the Impact of Racial Threat on Political Behavior, American Journal of Political Science, en, 60, 1, 123–142, 10.1111/ajps.12156,


{{expand section|date=October 2015}}{{see|History of human migration}}(File:Immigration Schild.jpg|thumb|Sign Immigration near the border between Mali and Mauritania; sponsored by EU)The term immigration was coined in the 17th century, referring to non-warlike population movements between the emerging nation states.When people cross national borders during their migration, they are called migrants or immigrants (from Latin: migrare, wanderer) from the perspective of the country which they enter. From the perspective of the country which they leave, they are called emigrant or outmigrant.WEB,weblink outmigrant,, Oxford University Press, 11 May 2016, Sociology designates immigration usually as migration (as well as emigration accordingly outward migration).


(File:UN Stats.jpg|thumb|upright=1.15|left|The global population of immigrants has grown since 1990 but has remained constant at around 3% of the world's population.WEB,weblink United Nations Population Division {{!, Department of Economic and Social Affairs||language=EN|access-date=2019-08-28}}){{As of|2015}}, the number of international migrants has reached 244 million worldwide, which reflects a 41% increase since 2000. One third of the world's international migrants are living in just 20 countries. The largest number of international migrants live in the United States, with 19% of the world's total. Germany and Russia host 12 million migrants each, taking the second and third place in countries with the most migrants worldwide. Saudi Arabia hosts 10 million migrants, followed by the United Kingdom (9 million) and the United Arab Emirates (8 million).WEB,weblink Trends in international migration, 2015, December 2015,, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division, 16 May 2016, Between 2000 and 2015, Asia added more international migrants than any other major area in the world, gaining 26 million. Europe added the second largest with about 20 million. In most parts of the world, migration occurs between countries that are located within the same major area.In 2015, the number of international migrants below the age of 20 reached 37 million, while 177 million are between the ages of 20 and 64. International migrants living in Africa were the youngest, with a median age of 29, followed by Asia (35 years), and Latin America/Caribbean (36 years), while migrants were older in Northern America (42 years), Europe (43 years), and Oceania (44 years).(File:Migrants in the world 2015-en.svg|thumb|260px|The number of migrants and migrant workers per country in 2015)Nearly half (43%) of all international migrants originate in Asia, and Europe was the birthplace of the second largest number of migrants (25%), followed by Latin America (15%). India has the largest diaspora in the world (16 million people), followed by Mexico (12 million) and Russia (11 million).

2012 survey

A 2012 survey by Gallup found that given the opportunity, 640 million adults would migrate to another country, with 23% of these would-be immigrant choosing the United States as their desired future residence, while 7% of respondents, representing 45 million people, would choose the United Kingdom. The other top desired destination countries (those where an estimated 69 million or more adults would like to go) were Canada, France, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Germany and Spain.WEB,weblink 150 Million Adults Worldwide Would Migrate to the U.S,, 20 April 2012, 14 May 2014,

Understanding of immigration

File:Multilingual Pisnice 1858.JPG|thumb|The largest Vietnamese market in Prague, also known as "Little Hanoi". In 2009, there were about 70,000 Vietnamese in the Czech RepublicCzech RepublicFile:Ridley road market dalston 1.jpg|thumb|right|London has become multiethnic as a result of immigration."White ethnic Britons in minority in London". Financial Times. 11 December 2012.
In London in 2008, Black British and British AsianBritish Asian
One theory of immigration distinguishes between push and pull factors.Push factors refer primarily to the motive for immigration from the country of origin. In the case of economic migration (usually labor migration), differentials in wage rates are common. If the value of wages in the new country surpasses the value of wages in one's native country, he or she may choose to migrate, as long as the costs are not too high. Particularly in the 19th century, economic expansion of the US increased immigrant flow, and nearly 15% of the population was foreign born,WEB,weblink How Many People are Immigrants?, 4 July 2015, 30 July 2015, Harlan York and Associates, York, Harlan, thus making up a significant amount of the labor force.As transportation technology improved, travel time, and costs decreased dramatically between the 18th and early 20th century. Travel across the Atlantic used to take up to 5 weeks in the 18th century, but around the time of the 20th century it took a mere 8 days. When the opportunity cost is lower, the immigration rates tend to be higher. Escape from poverty (personal or for relatives staying behind) is a traditional push factor, and the availability of jobs is the related pull factor. Natural disasters can amplify poverty-driven migration flows. Research shows that for middle-income countries, higher temperatures increase emigration rates to urban areas and to other countries. For low-income countries, higher temperatures reduce emigration.JOURNAL, The Migration Response to Increasing Temperatures, Cristina, Cattaneo, Giovanni, Peri, 2016, Journal of Development Economics, 122, C, 127–146, 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2016.05.004, 10419/130264,weblink Emigration and immigration are sometimes mandatory in a contract of employment: religious missionaries and employees of transnational corporations, international non-governmental organizations, and the diplomatic service expect, by definition, to work "overseas". They are often referred to as "expatriates", and their conditions of employment are typically equal to or better than those applying in the host country (for similar work).{{citation needed|date=August 2017}}Non-economic push factors include persecution (religious and otherwise), frequent abuse, bullying, oppression, ethnic cleansing, genocide, risks to civilians during war, and social marginalization.JOURNAL, 224241, The Earnings of Male Hispanic Immigrants in the United States, Chiswick, Barry, March 2000, Social Science Research Network, University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for the Study of Labor, Working paper, Political motives traditionally motivate refugee flows; for instance, people may emigrate in order to escape a dictatorship.JOURNAL, Borjas, George J., 1 April 1982, The Earnings of Male Hispanic Immigrants in the United States, Industrial & Labor Relations Review, en, 35, 3, 343–353, 10.1177/001979398203500304, 0019-7939, Some migration is for personal reasons, based on a relationship (e.g. to be with family or a partner), such as in family reunification or transnational marriage (especially in the instance of a gender imbalance). Recent research has found gender, age, and cross-cultural differences in the ownership of the idea to immigrate.JOURNAL, Rubin, Mark, "It Wasn't My Idea to Come Here!": Young Women Lack Ownership of the Idea to Immigrate - Mark Rubin's Social Psychology Research, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, July 2013, 37, 4, 497–501, 0147-1767, 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2013.02.001,weblink 3 October 2018, Rubin2013, In a few cases, an individual may wish to immigrate to a new country in a form of transferred patriotism. Evasion of criminal justice (e.g., avoiding arrest) is a personal motivation. This type of emigration and immigration is not normally legal, if a crime is internationally recognized, although criminals may disguise their identities or find other loopholes to evade detection. For example, there have been reports of war criminals disguising themselves as victims of war or conflict and then pursuing asylum in a different country.WEB,weblink EU asylum and war criminals: No place to hide, Haskell, Leslie, 18 September 2014,, EUobserver, 13 May 2016, WEB,weblink Refugees in Germany reporting dozens of war crimes, Knight, Ben, 11 April 2016,, Deutsche Welle, 13 May 2016, WEB,weblink Sweden: Syrian asylum seeker suspected of war crimes under Assad regime arrested in Stockholm, Porter, Tom, 26 February 2016, International Business Times UK, International Business Times, 13 May 2016, Barriers to immigration come not only in legal form or political form; natural and social barriers to immigration can also be very powerful. Immigrants when leaving their country also leave everything familiar: their family, friends, support network, and culture. They also need to liquidate their assets, and they incur the expense of moving. When they arrive in a new country, this is often with many uncertainties including finding work,NEWS,weblink Lack of network hurting migrant workers, May, Julia, The Sydney Morning Herald, en-US, 2017-01-02, where to live, new laws, new cultural norms, language or accent issues, possible racism, and other exclusionary behavior towards them and their family.WEB,weblink The 7 biggest challenges facing refugees and immigrants in the US, Nunez, Christina, 12 December 2014, Global Citizen, Global Poverty Project, 16 May 2016, JOURNAL, Djajić, Slobodan, 1 September 2013, Barriers to immigration and the dynamics of emigration, Journal of Macroeconomics, 37, 41–52, 10.1016/j.jmacro.2013.06.001, File:Čížov (Zaisa) - preserved part of Iron curtain.JPG|thumb|upright=1.2|The Iron Curtain in Europe was designed as a means of (Eastern Bloc emigration and defection|preventing emigration]]. "It is one of the ironies of post-war European history that, once the freedom to travel for Europeans living under communist regimes, which had long been demanded by the West, was finally granted in 1989/90, travel was very soon afterwards made much more difficult by the West itself, and new barriers were erected to replace the Iron Curtain." —Anita BöckerAnita Böcker (1998) Regulation of migration: international experiences. Het Spinhuis. p. 218. {{ISBN|90-5589-095-2}})The politics of immigration have become increasingly associated with other issues, such as national security and terrorism, especially in western Europe, with the presence of Islam as a new major religion. Those with security concerns cite the 2005 French riots and point to the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy as examples of the value conflicts arising from immigration of Muslims in Western Europe. Because of all these associations, immigration has become an emotional political issue in many European nations.WEB,weblink Migration, refugees, Europe – waves of emotion, 7 May 2015, Euranet Plus inside, Euranet Plus Network, en-GB, 16 May 2016, WEB,weblink Europe learns integration can become emotional, Nowicki, Dan,, 16 May 2016, Studies have suggested that some special interest groups lobby for less immigration for their own group and more immigration for other groups since they see effects of immigration, such as increased labor competition, as detrimental when affecting their own group but beneficial when impacting other groups. A 2010 European study suggested that "employers are more likely to be pro-immigration than employees, provided that immigrants are thought to compete with employees who are already in the country. Or else, when immigrants are thought to compete with employers rather than employees, employers are more likely to be anti-immigration than employees." A 2011 study examining the voting of US representatives on migration policy suggests that "representatives from more skilled labor abundant districts are more likely to support an open immigration policy towards the unskilled, whereas the opposite is true for representatives from more unskilled labor abundant districts."Another contributing factor may be lobbying by earlier immigrants. The Chairman for the US Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform—which lobby for more permissive rules for immigrants, as well as special arrangements just for Irish people—has stated that "the Irish Lobby will push for any special arrangement it can get—'as will every other ethnic group in the country.{{'"}}Immigrants are motivated to leave their former countries of citizenship, or habitual residence, for a variety of reasons, including a lack of local access to resources, a desire for economic prosperity, to find or engage in paid work, to better their standard of living, family reunification, retirement, climate or environmentally induced migration, exile, escape from prejudice, conflict or natural disaster, or simply the wish to change one's quality of life. Commuters, tourists and other short-term stays in a destination country do not fall under the definition of immigration or migration, seasonal labour immigration is sometimes included.

Economic migrant

{{Further|Economic migrant}}File:Indo-Bangladeshi Barrier.JPG|right|thumb|upright=1.25|The Indo-Bangladeshi barrier in 2007. India is building a separation barrierseparation barrierThe term economic migrant refers to someone who has travelled from one region to another region for the purposes of seeking employment and an improvement in quality of life and access to resources. An economic migrant is distinct from someone who is a refugee fleeing persecution.Many countries have immigration and visa restrictions that prohibit a person entering the country for the purposes of gaining work without a valid work visa. As a violation of a State's immigration laws a person who is declared to be an economic migrant can be refused entry into a country.The World Bank estimates that remittances totaled $420 billion in 2009, of which $317 billion went to developing countries.

Laws and ethics

File:South Africa-Xenophobia-001.jpg|thumb|UNHCR tents at a refugee camp following episodes of anti-immigrant violence in South Africa, 2008]]{{multiple image|direction=vertical | footer = Entry (top) and Exit (above) passport stamps issued to a citizen of Germany by Indian immigration authorities at New Delhi airport. | width = 200 | image1 = India passport entry stamp.jpg | alt1 = Entry stamp | image2 = India passport stamp.jpg | alt2 = Exit stamp }}Treatment of migrants in host countries, both by governments, employers, and original population, is a topic of continual debate and criticism, and the violation of migrant human rights is an ongoing crisis.WEB,weblink Amnesty International State of the World 2015-2016, 23 February 2016,, Amnesty International USA, 11 May 2016, The United Nations Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, has been ratified by 48 states, most of which are heavy exporters of cheap labor. Major migrant-receiving countries and regions – including Western Europe, North America, Pacific Asia, Australia, and the Gulf States – have not ratified the Convention, even though they are host to the majority of international migrant workers.BOOK,weblink Transnational Migration and Human Security: The Migration-Development-Security Nexus, Truong, Thanh-Dam, Gasper, Des, 7 June 2011, Springer Science & Business Media, 9783642127571, en, WEB,weblink International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, 18 December 1990,, United Nations, New York, 11 May 2016, Although freedom of movement is often recognized as a civil right in many documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966), the freedom only applies to movement within national borders and the ability to return to one's home state.WEB,weblink The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 10 December 1948,, United Nations, Paris, 11 May 2016, WEB,weblink International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 16 December 1966,, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 11 May 2016, Some proponents of immigration argue that the freedom of movement both within and between countries is a basic human right, and that the restrictive immigration policies, typical of nation-states, violate this human right of freedom of movement. Such arguments are common among ideologies like anarchism and libertarianism.WEB, Anarchism and Immigration, 1 January 2005, theanarchistlibrary,weblink As philosopher and Open borders activist Jacob Appel has written, "Treating human beings differently, simply because they were born on the opposite side of a national boundary, is hard to justify under any mainstream philosophical, religious or ethical theory."WEB, The Ethical Case for an Open Immigration Policy, Render Media, 4 May 2009,weblink Where immigration is permitted, it is typically selective. {{as of|2003}}, family reunification accounted for approximately two-thirds of legal immigration to the US every year. Ethnic selection, such as the White Australia policy, has generally disappeared, but priority is usually given to the educated, skilled, and wealthy. Less privileged individuals, including the mass of poor people in low-income countries, cannot avail themselves of the legal and protected immigration opportunities offered by wealthy states. This inequality has also been criticized as conflicting with the principle of equal opportunities. The fact that the door is closed for the unskilled, while at the same time many developed countries have a huge demand for unskilled labor, is a major factor in illegal immigration. The contradictory nature of this policy—which specifically disadvantages the unskilled immigrants while exploiting their labor—has also been criticized on ethical grounds.{{Citation needed|date=May 2016}}Immigration policies which selectively grant freedom of movement to targeted individuals are intended to produce a net economic gain for the host country. They can also mean net loss for a poor donor country through the loss of the educated minority—a "brain drain". This can exacerbate the global inequality in standards of living that provided the motivation for the individual to migrate in the first place. One example of competition for skilled labour is active recruitment of health workers from developing countries by developed countries.WEB,weblink Poaching Foreign Doctors, Krotz, Larry, 12 September 2012, The Walrus, The Walrus, 16 May 2016, JOURNAL, Stilwell, Barbara, Diallo, Khassoum, Zurn, Pascal, Vujicic, Marko, Adams, Orvill, Dal Poz, Mario, 2004, Migration of health-care workers from developing countries: strategic approaches to its management,weblink Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 82, 595–600, 16 May 2016, There may however also be a "brain gain" to emigration, as migration opportunities lead to greater investments in education in developing countries.JOURNAL, Shrestha, Slesh A., 1 April 2016, No Man Left Behind: Effects of Emigration Prospects on Educational and Labour Outcomes of Non-migrants, The Economic Journal, 127, 600, en, 495–521, 10.1111/ecoj.12306, 1468-0297, JOURNAL, Beine, Michel, Docquier, Fréderic, Rapoport, Hillel, 1 April 2008, Brain Drain and Human Capital Formation in Developing Countries: Winners and Losers, The Economic Journal, en, 118, 528, 631–652, 10.1111/j.1468-0297.2008.02135.x, 1468-0297, 2078.1/5768,weblink JOURNAL, Dinkelman, Taryn, Mariotti, Martine, 2016, The Long Run Effects of Labor Migration on Human Capital Formation in Communities of Origin, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 8, 4, 1–35, 10.1257/app.20150405,weblink JOURNAL, Batista, Catia, Lacuesta, Aitor, Vicente, Pedro C., 1 January 2012, Testing the 'brain gain' hypothesis: Micro evidence from Cape Verde, Journal of Development Economics, 97, 1, 32–45, 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2011.01.005, 10419/44193, Overall, research suggests that migration is beneficial both to the receiving and sending countries.

Economic effects

A survey of leading economists shows a consensus behind the view that high-skilled immigration makes the average American better off.WEB, Poll Results {{!, IGM Forum|url =weblink|website =|accessdate = 19 September 2015}} A survey of the same economists also shows support behind the notion that low-skilled immigration, while creating winners and losers, makes the average American better off.WEB, Poll Results {{!, IGM Forum|url =weblink|website =|accessdate = 19 September 2015}} A survey of European economists shows a consensus that freer movement of people to live and work across borders within Europe makes the average European better off, and strong support behind the notion that it has not made low-skilled Europeans worse off. According to David Card, Christian Dustmann, and Ian Preston, "most existing studies of the economic impacts of immigration suggest these impacts are small, and on average benefit the native population". In a survey of the existing literature, Örn B Bodvarsson and Hendrik Van den Berg write, "a comparison of the evidence from all the studies... makes it clear that, with very few exceptions, there is no strong statistical support for the view held by many members of the public, mainly that immigration has an adverse effect on native-born workers in the destination country."BOOK, The economics of immigration: theory and policy, Springer, 1 January 2013, New York; Heidelberg [u.a.], 9781461421153, Örn B, Bodvarsson, Hendrik, Van den Berg, 157, 852632755,

Overall economic prosperity

Whereas the impact on the average native tends to be small and positive, studies show more mixed results for low-skilled natives, but whether the effects are positive or negative, they tend to be small either way.JOURNAL, Card, David, The Impact of the Mariel Boatlift on the Miami Labor Market, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 43, 2, 1990, 245–257, 10.1177/001979399004300205,weblink JOURNAL, Foged, Mette, Peri, Giovanni, Immigrants' Effect on Native Workers: New Analysis on Longitudinal Data, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 8, 2, 1–34, 10.1257/app.20150114, 2016, 10419/110686,weblink JOURNAL, Borjas, George J., 1 November 2003, The Labor Demand Curve is Downward Sloping: Reexamining the Impact of Immigration on the Labor Market, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, en, 118, 4, 1335–1374, 10.1162/003355303322552810, 0033-5533,, JOURNAL, Longhi, Simonetta, Nijkamp, Peter, Poot, Jacques, 1 July 2005, A Meta-Analytic Assessment of the Effect of Immigration on Wages, Journal of Economic Surveys, en, 19, 3, 451–477, 10.1111/j.0950-0804.2005.00255.x, 1467-6419,, JOURNAL, Longhi, Simonetta, Nijkamp, Peter, Poot, Jacques, 1 October 2010, Meta-Analyses of Labour-Market Impacts of Immigration: Key Conclusions and Policy Implications, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, en, 28, 5, 819–833, 10.1068/c09151r, 0263-774X, JOURNAL, Okkerse, Liesbet, 1 February 2008, How to Measure Labour Market Effects of Immigration: A Review, Journal of Economic Surveys, en, 22, 1, 1–30, 10.1111/j.1467-6419.2007.00533.x, 1467-6419, JOURNAL, Ottaviano, Gianmarco I. P., Peri, Giovanni, 2012-02-01, Rethinking the Effect of Immigration on Wages, Journal of the European Economic Association, en, 10, 1, 152–197, 10.1111/j.1542-4774.2011.01052.x, 1542-4774,, JOURNAL, Battisti, Michele, Felbermayr, Gabriel, Peri, Giovanni, Poutvaara, Panu, 2014-05-01, Immigration, Search, and Redistribution: A Quantitative Assessment of Native Welfare, NBER Working Paper No. 20131, 10.3386/w20131,weblink JOURNAL, Card, David, 2005, Is the New Immigration Really So Bad?, Economic Journal, 115, 506, F300–F323, 10.1111/j.1468-0297.2005.01037.x, mdy-all,weblink JOURNAL, Dustmann, Christian, Glitz, Albrecht, Frattini, Tommaso, 2008-09-21, The labour market impact of immigration, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, en, 24, 3, 477–494, 10.1093/oxrep/grn024, 0266-903X,, WEB,weblink Migrants Bring Economic Benefits for Advanced Economies, 2016-10-24, iMFdirect - The IMF Blog, 2016-11-21, WEB,weblink Immigration and the macroeconomy: Some new empirical evidence, Furlanetto, Francesco, Robstad, Ørjan, 2016-12-10,, 2016-12-16, JOURNAL, Constant, Amelie, University, George Washington, USA, 2014-05-01, Do migrants take the jobs of native workers?,weblink IZA World of Labor, en, 10.15185/izawol.10, BOOK, The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration, Immigration, Panel on the Economic and Fiscal Consequences of, Statistics, Committee on National, Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and, Sciences, National Academies of, Engineering, Medicine, and, 2016-09-21, 9780309444422, en, 10.17226/23550, 10919/83151,weblink JOURNAL, Mitaritonna, Cristina, Orefice, Gianluca, Peri, Giovanni, Immigrants and Firms' Outcomes: Evidence from France, European Economic Review, 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2017.05.001, 96, 2017, 62–82,weblink NEWS,weblink What the Mariel Boatlift of Cuban Refugees Can Teach Us about the Economics of Immigration: An Explainer and a Revelation, Center For Global Development, 2017-05-22, en, JOURNAL, Peri, Giovanni, 2017-03-08, Did Immigration contribute to wage stagnation of unskilled workers?, Research in Economics, 72, 2, 356–365, 10.1016/j.rie.2017.02.005, NEWS,weblink Fact Check: does immigration have an impact on wages or employment?, Preston, Ian, The Conversation, 2017-09-15, en, WEB,weblink The economic impacts of immigration to the UK, Portes, Jonathan, 2018-04-06,, 2018-04-06, JOURNAL, Peri, Giovanni, Yasenov, Vasil, 2018-01-30, The Labor Market Effects of a Refugee Wave: Synthetic Control Method Meets the Mariel Boatlift,weblink Journal of Human Resources, en, 0217_8561R1, 10.3368/jhr.54.2.0217.8561R1, 0022-166X, 10419/161228, WEB,weblink The effects of EU migration on Britain in 5 charts: Did migrants really force down wages and are they a drain on the UK exchequer?, 2018-09-18, Financial Times, en-GB, 2018-09-19, JOURNAL, Andreas, Beerli, Jan, Ruffner, Michael, Siegenthaler, Giovanni, Peri, 2018-11-30, The Abolition of Immigration Restrictions and the Performance of Firms and Workers: Evidence from Switzerland,weblink NBER, JOURNAL, Edo, Anthony, 2018, The Impact of Immigration on the Labor Market, Journal of Economic Surveys, en, 33, 3, 922–948, 10.1111/joes.12300, 1467-6419, JOURNAL, Wadsworth, Jonathan, 2018, Off EU Go? Brexit, the UK Labour Market and Immigration, Fiscal Studies, en, 39, 4, 625–649, 10.1111/1475-5890.12177, 1475-5890, {{Excessive_citations_inline|date=August 2018}} Immigrants may often do types of work that natives are largely unwilling to do, contributing to greater economic prosperity for the economy as a whole: for instance, Mexican migrant workers taking up manual farm work in the United States has close to zero effect on native employment in that occupation, which means that the effect of Mexican workers on U.S. employment outside farm work was therefore most likely positive, since they raised overall economic productivity.JOURNAL, Clemens, Michael A., The Effect of Occupational Visas on Native Employment: Evidence from Labor Supply to Farm Jobs in the Great Recession, IZA Discussion Papers, January 2017, 10492,weblink en, 2017-02-06, Research indicates that immigrants are more likely to work in risky jobs than U.S.-born workers, partly due to differences in average characteristics, such as immigrants' lower English language ability and educational attainment.JOURNAL, Zavodny, M., 2009, Do Immigrants Work in Riskier Jobs?, Demography, 46, 3, 535–551, 10.1353/dem.0.0064, 2831347, 19771943, Pia m. Orrenius, P. M.,, According to a 2017 survey of the existing economic literature, studies on high-skilled migrants "rarely find adverse wage and employment consequences, and longer time horizons tend to show greater gains".JOURNAL, Kerr, Sari Pekkala, Kerr, William, Özden, Çağlar, Parsons, Christopher, 2017, High-Skilled Migration and Agglomeration, Annual Review of Economics, 9, 1, 201–234, 10.1146/annurev-economics-063016-103705,weblink Submitted manuscript, Competition from immigrants in a particular profession may aggravate underemployment in that profession,WEB,weblink Australia's Skilled Migration Program: Scarce Skills Not Required, Birrell, Bob, 8 March 2016, The Australian Population Research Institute, Monash University, 15 June 2018, The great majority of those visaed in the skill program are professionals, an increasing share of whom hold occupations that are oversupplied., but increase wages for other natives; for instance, a 2017 study in Science found that "the influx of foreign-born computer scientists since the early 1990s... increased the size of the US IT sector... benefited consumers via lower prices and more efficient products... raised overall worker incomes by 0.2 to 0.3% but decreased wages of U.S. computer scientists by 2.6 to 5.1%." A 2019 study found that foreign college workers in STEM occupations did not displace native college workers in STEM occupations, but instead had a positive impact on latters' wages.JOURNAL, Lin, Gary C., 2019-06-18, High-skilled immigration and native task specialization in U.S. cities, Regional Science and Urban Economics, 77, 289–305, 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2019.06.004, 0166-0462, A 2019 study found that greater immigration led to less off-shoring by firms.JOURNAL, Olney, William W., Pozzoli, Dario, 2019-08-21, The Impact of Immigration on Firm-Level Offshoring, The Review of Economics and Statistics, 1–45, 10.1162/rest_a_00861, 0034-6535, 10398/9656, Research also suggests that diversity and immigration have a net positive effect on productivity JOURNAL, The economic value of cultural diversity: evidence from US cities, Journal of Economic Geography, 1 January 2006, 1468-2702, 9–44, 6, 1, 10.1093/jeg/lbi002, Gianmarco I. P., Ottaviano, Giovanni, Peri,weblink JOURNAL, Peri, Giovanni, 7 October 2010, The Effect Of Immigration On Productivity: Evidence From U.S. States, Review of Economics and Statistics, 94, 1, 348–358, 10.1162/REST_a_00137, 0034-6535,weblink JOURNAL, Razin, Assaf, February 2018, Israel's Immigration Story: Winners and Losers, NBER Working Paper No. 24283, 10.3386/w24283, JOURNAL, Gianmarco I. P., Ottaviano, Giovanni, Perie, Greg C., Wright, 2018, Immigration, Trade and Productivity in Services: Evidence from U.K. Firms, Journal of International Economics, Forthcoming, 88–108, 10.1016/j.jinteco.2018.02.007,weblink and economic prosperity.JOURNAL, Alesina, Alberto, Harnoss, Johann, Rapoport, Hillel, 17 February 2016, Birthplace diversity and economic prosperity, Journal of Economic Growth, en, 21, 2, 101–138, 10.1007/s10887-016-9127-6, 1381-4338,weblink Submitted manuscript, WEB,weblink Multiculturalism and Growth: Skill-Specific Evidence from the Post-World War II Period, JOURNAL, Bove, Vincenzo, Elia, Leandro, 2017-01-01, Migration, Diversity, and Economic Growth, World Development, 89, 227–239, 10.1016/j.worlddev.2016.08.012, WEB,weblink Cultural heterogeneity and economic development, Bove, Vincenzo, Elia, Leandro, 2016-11-16,, 2016-11-16, JOURNAL, Boubtane, Ekrame, Dumont, Jean-Christophe, Rault, Christophe, 2016-04-01, Immigration and economic growth in the OECD countries 1986–2006, Oxford Economic Papers, en, 68, 2, 340–360, 10.1093/oep/gpw001, 0030-7653,weblink Immigration has also been associated with reductions in offshoring. A study by Harvard economist Nathan Nunn, Yale economist Nancy Qian and LSE economist Sandra Sequeira found that the Age of Mass Migration (1850–1920) contributed to "higher incomes, higher productivity, more innovation, and more industrialization" in the short-run and "higher incomes, less poverty, less unemployment, higher rates of urbanization, and greater educational attainment" in the long-run for the United States.JOURNAL, Qian, Nancy, Nunn, Nathan, Sequeira, Sandra, Immigrants and the Making of America, The Review of Economic Studies, en, 10.1093/restud/rdz003, 2019, Research also shows that migration to Latin America during the Age of Mass Migration had a positive impact on long-run economic development.JOURNAL, SÁNCHEZ-ALONSO, BLANCA, 2018-11-11, The age of mass migration in Latin America, The Economic History Review, 72, 3–31, en, 10.1111/ehr.12787, 0013-0117, Studies show that the elimination of barriers to migration would have profound effects on world GDP, with estimates of gains ranging between 67–147.3% in the scenarios where billions of workers move from developing to developed countries.JOURNAL, Clemens, Michael A., Montenegro, Claudio, Pritchett, Lant, 2018-11-02, The Place Premium: Bounding the Price Equivalent of Migration Barriers, The Review of Economics and Statistics, 101, 2, 201–213, 10.1162/rest_a_00776, 0034-6535, JOURNAL, Borjas, G. J., 2015, Immigration and Globalization: A Review Essay, Journal of Economic Literature, 53, 4, 965, 10.1257/jel.53.4.961, Research also finds that migration leads to greater trade in goods and services,WEB,weblink Cross-border movement of persons stimulates trade, Aner, Emilie, Graneli, Anna, 14 October 2015,, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Lodefolk, Magnus, 19 October 2015, JOURNAL, Bratti, Massimiliano, Benedictis, Luca De, Santoni, Gianluca, 18 April 2014, On the pro-trade effects of immigrants, Review of World Economics, 150, 3, 557–594, 10.1007/s10290-014-0191-8, 1610-2878,weblink 11393/195448, JOURNAL, Foley, C. Fritz, Kerr, William R., 2013, Ethnic Innovation and U.S. Multinational Firm Activity, Management Science, 59, 7, 1529–1544, 10.1287/mnsc.1120.1684, mdy-all,, JOURNAL, Dunlevy, James A., Hutchinson, William K., December 1999, The Impact of Immigration on American Import Trade in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries, The Journal of Economic History, 59, 4, 1043–1062, 10.1017/S002205070002413X, 1471-6372, JOURNAL, Parsons, Christopher, Vézina, Pierre-Louis, Migrant Networks and Trade: The Vietnamese Boat People as a Natural Experiment, The Economic Journal, 128, 612, en, F210–F234, 10.1111/ecoj.12457, 1468-0297, 2018, 10419/145246, and increases in financial flows between the sending and receiving countries.JOURNAL, Egger, Peter H., Erhardt, Katharina, Lassmann, Andrea, 2018, Immigration and Firms' Integration in International Production Networks, European Economic Review, 111, 1–34, 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2018.08.009, 0014-2921, Using 130 years of data on historical migrations to the United States, one study finds "that a doubling of the number of residents with ancestry from a given foreign country relative to the mean increases by 4.2 percentage points the probability that at least one local firm invests in that country, and increases by 31% the number of employees at domestic recipients of FDI from that country. The size of these effects increases with the ethnic diversity of the local population, the geographic distance to the origin country, and the ethno-linguistic fractionalization of the origin country."JOURNAL, Migrants, Ancestors, and Investments, Konrad B., Burchardi, Thomas, Chaney, Tarek A., Hassan, NBER Working Paper No. 21847, January 2016, 10.3386/w21847, A 2017 study found that "immigrants' genetic diversity is significantly positively correlated with measures of U.S. counties' economic development [during the Age of Mass Migration]. There exists also a significant positive relationship between immigrants' genetic diversity in 1870 and contemporaneous measures of U.S. counties' average income."JOURNAL, Ager, Philipp, Brueckner, Markus, Immigrants' Genes: Genetic Diversity and Economic Development in the United States, Economic Inquiry, 56, 2, en, 1149–1164, 10.1111/ecin.12540, 1465-7295, 2017, Some research suggests that immigration can offset some of the adverse effects of automation on native labor outcomes.JOURNAL, Basso, Gaetano, Peri, Giovanni, Rahman, Ahmed, October 2017, Computerization and Immigration: Theory and Evidence from the United States, NBER Working Paper No. 23935, 10.3386/w23935, WEB,weblink The impact of immigration on wage distributions in the era of technical automation, Basso, Gaetano, Peri, Giovanni, 2018-01-12,, 2018-01-12, Rahman, Ahmed, By increasing overall demand, immigrants could push natives out of low-skilled manual labor into better paying occupations. A 2018 study in the American Economic Review found that the Bracero program (which allowed almost half a million Mexican workers to do seasonal farm labor in the United States) did not have any adverse impact on the labor market outcomes of American-born farm workers.JOURNAL, Clemens, Michael A., Lewis, Ethan G., Postel, Hannah M., 2018, Immigration Restrictions as Active Labor Market Policy: Evidence from the Mexican Bracero Exclusion, American Economic Review, en, 108, 6, 1468–1487, 10.1257/aer.20170765, 30008480, 6040835, 0002-8282, 10419/161135, A 2016 paper by University of Southern Denmark and University of Copenhagen economists found that the 1924 immigration restrictions enacted in the United States impaired the economy.NEWS,weblink One Sure Way to Hurt the U.S. Economy? Cut Immigration,, 2018-07-22, en, JOURNAL, Ager, Philipp, Hansen, Casper Worm, 2016-11-08, National Immigration Quotas and Local Economic Growth, en, Rochester, NY, 2866411,


Overall immigration has not had much effect on native wage inequalityJOURNAL, Card, David, 1 April 2009, Immigration and Inequality, American Economic Review, 99, 2, 1–21, 10.1257/aer.99.2.1, 0002-8282,, JOURNAL, Green, Alan G., Green, David A., 2016-06-01, Immigration and the Canadian Earnings Distribution in the First Half of the Twentieth Century, The Journal of Economic History, 76, 2, 387–426, 10.1017/S0022050716000541, 1471-6372,weblink but low-skill immigration has been linked to greater income inequality in the native population.JOURNAL, Xu, Ping, Garand, James C., Zhu, Ling, 23 September 2015, Imported Inequality? Immigration and Income Inequality in the American States, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, 1532440015603814, 10.1177/1532440015603814, 1532-4400, 16, 2,weblink Submitted manuscript, JOURNAL, Glen Weyl, E., 2018-01-17, The Openness-equality Trade-off in Global Redistribution, The Economic Journal, en, 128, 612, F1–F36, 10.1111/ecoj.12469, 0013-0133, Greater openness to low-skilled immigration in wealthy countries would drastically reduce global income inequality.WEB,weblink How Do Migration and Remittances Affect Inequality? A Case Study of Mexico, IMF, en, 2018-08-18,

Fiscal effects

A 2011 literature review of the economic impacts of immigration found that the net fiscal impact of migrants varies across studies but that the most credible analyses typically find small and positive fiscal effects on average. According to the authors, "the net social impact of an immigrant over his or her lifetime depends substantially and in predictable ways on the immigrant's age at arrival, education, reason for migration, and similar". According to a 2007 literature review by the Congressional Budget Office, "Over the past two decades, most efforts to estimate the fiscal impact of immigration in the United States have concluded that, in aggregate and over the long term, tax revenues of all types generated by immigrants—both legal and unauthorized—exceed the cost of the services they use."WEB,weblink The Impact of Unauthorized Immigrants on the Budgets of State and Local Governments, 2007-12-06, 2016-06-28, A 2018 study found that inflows of asylum seekers into Western Europe from 1985 to 2015 had a net positive fiscal impact.JOURNAL, d’Albis, Hippolyte, Boubtane, Ekrame, Coulibaly, Dramane, 2018-06-01, Macroeconomic evidence suggests that asylum seekers are not a "burden" for Western European countries, Science Advances, en, 4, 6, eaaq0883, 10.1126/sciadv.aaq0883, 29938219, 6010334, 2375-2548, 2018SciA....4..883D, JOURNAL, Maxmen, Amy, 2018-06-20, Migrants and refugees are good for economies,weblink Nature, EN, 10.1038/d41586-018-05507-0, 0028-0836, Research has shown that EU immigrants made a net positive fiscal contribution to DenmarkJOURNAL, Martinsen, Dorte Sindbjerg, Pons Rotger, Gabriel, 2017-07-05, The fiscal impact of EU immigration on the tax-financed welfare state: Testing the 'welfare burden' thesis, European Union Politics, 1465116517717340, 10.1177/1465116517717340, 1465-1165, 18, 4, and the United Kingdom.NEWS,weblink The Fiscal Impact of Immigration in the UK, Migration Observatory, 2017-07-06, en-US, A 2017 study found that when Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants to the United Kingdom gained permission to acquire welfare benefits in 2014 that it had no discernible impact on the immigrants' use of welfare benefits. A paper by a group of French economists found that over the period 1980-2015, "international migration had a positive impact on the economic and fiscal performance of OECD countries."WEB,weblink Immigration and Government Spending in OECD Countries,

Impact of refugees

A 2017 survey of leading economists found that 34% of economists agreed with the statement "The influx of refugees into Germany beginning in the summer of 2015 will generate net economic benefits for German citizens over the succeeding decade", whereas 38% were uncertain and 6% disagreed.WEB,weblink Refugees in Germany {{!, IGM Forum||language=en-US|access-date=2017-07-25}} Studies of refugees' impact on native welfare are scant but the existing literature shows mixed results (negative, positive and no significant effects on native welfare).JOURNAL, Taylor, J. Edward, Filipski, Mateusz J., Alloush, Mohamad, Gupta, Anubhab, Valdes, Ruben Irvin Rojas, Gonzalez-Estrada, Ernesto, 2016-07-05, Economic impact of refugees, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, en, 113, 27, 7449–7453, 10.1073/pnas.1604566113, 0027-8424, 4941434, 27325782, WEB, Refugee Economies: Rethinking Popular Assumptions – Refugee Studies Centre,weblink, 1 January 2016, WEB,weblink Economic Impact of Refugees in the Cleveland Area, JOURNAL, Are Refugees Different from Economic Immigrants? Some Empirical Evidence on the Heterogeneity of Immigrant Groups in the United States, 524605, 1 March 2004, Rochester, NY, Kalena E., Cortes, WEB, Much ado about nothing? The economic impact of refugee 'invasions',weblink The Brookings Institution, 2 January 2016, BOOK, The Impact of Syrians Refugees on the Turkish Labor Market, The World Bank, 24 August 2015, Policy Research Working Papers, 1813-9450, 10.1596/1813-9450-7402, Del Carpio, Ximena V., Wagner, Mathis, 10986/22659, JOURNAL, Winners and Losers among a Refugee-Hosting Population, 10.1086/676458, Economic Development and Cultural Change, 769–809, 62, 4, 10.1086/676458, Jean-François, Maystadt, Philip, Verwimp, 2014,weblink Submitted manuscript, JOURNAL, Balkan, Binnur, Tumen, Semih, Immigration and prices: quasi-experimental evidence from Syrian refugees in Turkey, Journal of Population Economics, 15 February 2016, 29, 3, 657–686, 10.1007/s00148-016-0583-2,weblink 13 October 2018, en, 0933-1433, 10419/130340, JOURNAL, Fallah, Belal, Krafft, Caroline, Wahba, Jackline, 2019-06-01, The impact of refugees on employment and wages in Jordan, Journal of Development Economics, 139, 203–216, 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2019.03.009, 0304-3878, WEB,weblink The labor market impact of refugee immigration in Sweden 1999–2007, Ruist, Joakim, 2013,, The Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies, Working paper, 13 May 2016, JOURNAL, The impact of Syrian refugees on the labor market in neighboring countries: empirical evidence from Jordan, Defence and Peace Economics, 2 January 2016, 1024-2694, 64–86, 27, 1, 10.1080/10242694.2015.1055936, Ali, Fakih, May, Ibrahim, 10419/130351,weblink WEB, What are the impacts of Syrian refugees on host community welfare in Turkey ? a subnational poverty analysis (English) {{!, The World Bank|pages = 1–38|url =weblink|website =|access-date = 15 February 2016|date = 2016-01-28}}JOURNAL, Tumen, Semih, 2016-05-01, The Economic Impact of Syrian Refugees on Host Countries: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from Turkey, American Economic Review, 106, 5, 456–460, 10.1257/aer.p20161065, 0002-8282, JOURNAL, Clemens, Michael A., Hunt, Jennifer, May 2017, The Labor Market Effects of Refugee Waves: Reconciling Conflicting Results, NBER Working Paper No. 23433, 10.3386/w23433, JOURNAL, Evans, William N., Fitzgerald, Daniel, June 2017, The Economic and Social Outcomes of Refugees in the United States: Evidence from the ACS, NBER Working Paper No. 23498, 10.3386/w23498, JOURNAL, Azarnert, Leonid V., 2018, Refugee resettlement, redistribution and growth, European Journal of Political Economy, 54, 89–98, 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2018.03.007, 0176-2680, 10419/162191,weblink {{Excessive_citations_inline|date=August 2018}} According to economist Michael Clemens, "when economists have studied past influxes of refugees and migrants they have found the labor market effects, while varied, are very limited, and can in fact be positive."NEWS,weblink The Real Economic Cost of Accepting Refugees, Center For Global Development, 2017-09-16, en, A 2018 study in the Economic Journal found that Vietnamese refugees to the United States had a positive impact on American exports, as exports to Vietnam grew most in US states with larger Vietnamese populations. A 2018 study in the journal Science Advances found that asylum seekers entering Western Europe in the period 1985-2015 had a positive macroeconomic and fiscal impact. A 2019 study found that the mass influx of 1.3 million Syrian refugees to Jordan (total population: 6.6 million) did not have harm the labor market outcomes of native Jordanians.A 2017 paper by Evans and Fitzgerald found that refugees to the United States pay "$21,000 more in taxes than they receive in benefits over their first 20 years in the U.S." An internal study by the Department of Health and Human Services under the Trump administration, which was suppressed and not shown to the public, found that refugees to the United States brought in $63 billion more in government revenues than they cost the government.NEWS,weblink Trump Administration Rejects Study Showing Positive Impact of Refugees, Davis, Julie Hirschfeld, 2017-09-18, The New York Times, 2017-09-19, Sengupta, Somini, en-US, 0362-4331, According to University of California, Davis, labor economist Giovanni Peri, the existing literature suggests that there are no economic reasons why the American labor market could not easily absorb 100,000 Syrian refugees in a year.WEB, No reasons to reject refugees,weblink SoundCloud, 27 January 2016, A 2017 paper looking at the long-term impact of refugees on the American labor market over the period 1980–2010 found "that there is no adverse long-run impact of refugees on the U.S. labor market."PAPER,weblinkweblink 2019-02-08, dead, The Labor Market Impact of Refugees: Evidence from the U.S. Resettlement Program, Anna Maria, Mayda, Chris, Parsons, Giovanni, Peri, Mathis, Wagner, August 2017, OCE Working Paper 2017-04, Refugees integrate more slowly into host countries' labor markets than labor migrants, in part due to the loss and depreciation of human capital and credentials during the asylum procedure.JOURNAL, Bevelander, Pieter, Malmö, University of, 2016-05-01, Integrating refugees into labor markets,weblink IZA World of Labor, 10.15185/izawol.269, Refugees tend to do worse in economic terms than natives, even when they have the same skills and language proficiencies of natives. For instance, a 2013 study of Germans in West-Germany who had been displaced from Eastern Europe during and after World War II showed that the forced German migrants did far worse economically than their native West-German counterparts decades later.JOURNAL, Bauer, Thomas K., Braun, Sebastian, Kvasnicka, Michael, 2013-09-01, The Economic Integration of Forced Migrants: Evidence for Post-War Germany, The Economic Journal, en, 123, 571, 998–1024, 10.1111/ecoj.12023, 1468-0297, 10419/61358, Second-generation forced German migrants also did worse in economic terms than their native counterparts. A study of refugees to the United States found that "refugees that enter the U.S. before age 14 graduate high school and enter college at the same rate as natives. Refugees that enter as older teenagers have lower attainment with much of the difference attributable to language barriers and because many in this group are not accompanied by a parent to the U.S." Refugees that entered the U.S. at ages 18–45, have "much lower levels of education and poorer language skills than natives and outcomes are initially poor with low employment, high welfare use and low earnings." But the authors of the study find that "outcomes improve considerably as refugees age."A 2017 study found that the 0.5 million Portuguese who returned to Portugal from Mozambique and Angola in the mid-1970s lowered labor productivity and wages.JOURNAL, Mäkelä, Erik, 2017-09-01, The effect of mass influx on labor markets: Portuguese 1974 evidence revisited, European Economic Review, 98, 240–263, 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2017.06.016, A 2018 paper found that the areas in Greece that took on a larger share of Greek Orthodox refugees from the Greco-Turkish War of 1919-1922 "have today higher earnings, higher levels of household wealth, greater educational attainment, as well as larger financial and manufacturing sectors."JOURNAL, Murard, Elie, Sakalli, Seyhun Orcan, Mass Refugee Inflow and Long-Run Prosperity: Lessons from the Greek Population Resettlement, IZA Discussion Papers, June 2018, 11613,weblink 13 October 2018, en,

Impact of undocumented immigrants

Research on the economic effects of undocumented immigrants is scant but existing studies suggests that the effects are positive for the native population,JOURNAL, Welfare effects of illegal immigration, Journal of Population Economics, 4 June 2008, 0933-1433, 131–144, 22, 1, 10.1007/s00148-007-0182-3, en, Theodore, Palivos,weblink JOURNAL, On the macroeconomic and welfare effects of illegal immigration, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 1 December 2010, 2547–2567, 34, 12, 10.1016/j.jedc.2010.06.030, Xiangbo, Liu,weblink and public coffers.WEB,weblink Understanding the effects of legalising undocumented immigrants, Monras, Joan, Vázquez-Grenno, Javier, 2018-05-15,, 2018-05-16, Elias, Ferran, A 2015 study shows that "increasing deportation rates and tightening border control weakens low-skilled labor markets, increasing unemployment of native low-skilled workers. Legalization, instead, decreases the unemployment rate of low-skilled natives and increases income per native."JOURNAL, The labor market effects of reducing the number of illegal immigrants, Review of Economic Dynamics, 1 October 2015, 792–821, 18, 4, 10.1016/, Andri, Chassamboulli, Giovanni, Peri,weblink Submitted manuscript, Studies show that legalization of undocumented immigrants would boost the U.S. economy; a 2013 study found that granting legal status to undocumented immigrants would raise their incomes by a quarter (increasing U.S. GDP by approximately $1.4 trillion over a ten-year period),WEB,weblink The Economic Effects of Granting Legal Status and Citizenship to Undocumented Immigrants, and a 2016 study found that "legalization would increase the economic contribution of the unauthorized population by about 20%, to 3.6% of private-sector GDP."JOURNAL, Edwards, Ryan, Ortega, Francesc, November 2016, The Economic Contribution of Unauthorized Workers: An Industry Analysis, NBER Working Paper No. 22834, 10.3386/w22834, mdy-all, A 2018 National Bureau of Economic Research paper found that undocumented immigrants to the United States "generate higher surplus for US firms relative to natives, hence restricting their entry has a depressing effect on job creation and, in turn, on native labor markets."JOURNAL, Chassamboulli, Andri, Peri, Giovanni, 2018, The Economic Effect of Immigration Policies: Analyzing and Simulating the U.S. Case, 10.3386/w25074,weblink A 2017 study in the Journal of Public Economics found that more intense immigration enforcement increased the likelihood that US-born children with undocumented immigrant parents would live in poverty.JOURNAL, Immigration enforcement and economic resources of children with likely unauthorized parents, 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2017.12.004, 158, 2018, Journal of Public Economics, 63–78, Amuedo-Dorantes, Catalina, Arenas-Arroyo, Esther, Sevilla, Almudena, A paper by Spanish economists found that upon legalizing the undocumented immigrant population in Spain, the fiscal revenues increased by around €4,189 per newly legalized immigrant. The paper found that the wages of the newly legalized immigrants increased after legalization, some low-skilled natives had worse labor market outcomes and high-skilled natives had improved labor market outcomes.A 2018 study found no evidence that apprehensions of undocumented immigrants in districts in the United States improved the labor market outcomes for American natives.JOURNAL, 2018, Do Apprehensions of Undocumented Immigrants Reduce Crime and Create Jobs? Evidence from U.S. Districts, 2000-2015,weblink UC Davis Law Review,

Impact on the sending countries

Research suggests that migration is beneficial both to the receiving and sending countries.JOURNAL, Andreas, Willenbockel,Dirk, Sia, Go,Delfin, Amer, Ahmed, S., 2016-04-11, Global migration revisited : short-term pains, long-term gains, and the potential of south-south migration, 1–33,weblink en, According to one study, welfare increases in both types of countries: "welfare impact of observed levels of migration is substantial, at about 5% to 10% for the main receiving countries and about 10% in countries with large incoming remittances". According to Branko Milanović, country of residency is by far the most important determinant of global income inequality, which suggests that the reduction in labor barriers would significantly reduce global income inequality.NEWS,weblink There is a trade-off between citizenship and migration, Milanovic, Branko, 20 April 2016, Financial Times, 0307-1766, 21 April 2016, A study of equivalent workers in the United States and 42 developing countries found that "median wage gap for a male, unskilled (9 years of schooling), 35 year-old, urban formal sector worker born and educated in a developing country is P$15,400 per year at purchasing power parity".JOURNAL, The Place Premium: Wage Differences for Identical Workers Across the US Border,weblink 15 January 2009, Michael, Clemens, A 2014 survey of the existing literature on emigration finds that a 10 percent emigrant supply shock would increase wages in the sending country by 2–5.5%.

Impact on global poverty

According to economists Michael Clemens and Lant Pritchett, "permitting people to move from low-productivity places to high-productivity places appears to be by far the most efficient generalized policy tool, at the margin, for poverty reduction". A successful two-year in situ anti-poverty program, for instance, helps poor people make in a year what is the equivalent of working one day in the developed world. A slight reduction in the barriers to labor mobility between the developing and developed world would do more to reduce poverty in the developing world than any remaining trade liberalization.JOURNAL, Walmsley, Terrie L., Winters, L. Alan, 1 January 2005, Relaxing the Restrictions on the Temporary Movement of Natural Persons: A Simulation Analysis, Journal of Economic Integration, 20, 4, 688–726, 10.11130/jei.2005.20.4.688, 23000667, Research on a migration lottery allowing Tongans to move to New Zealand found that the lottery winners saw a 263% increase in income from migrating (after only one year in New Zealand) relative to the unsuccessful lottery entrants.JOURNAL, How Important is Selection? Experimental VS. Non-Experimental Measures of the Income Gains from Migration, Journal of the European Economic Association, 1 June 2010, 1542-4774, 913–945, 8, 4, 10.1111/j.1542-4774.2010.tb00544.x, en, David, McKenzie, Steven, Stillman, John, Gibson, 10289/1638, A longer-term study on the Tongan lottery winners finds that they "continue to earn almost 300 percent more than non-migrants, have better mental health, live in households with more than 250 percent higher expenditure, own more vehicles, and have more durable assets".JOURNAL, The long-term impacts of international migration : evidence from a lottery,weblink The World Bank, 1 January 2015, John, Gibson, David J., Mckenzie, Halahingano, Rohorua, Steven, Stillman, A conservative estimate of their lifetime gain to migration is NZ$315,000 in net present value terms (approximately US$237,000).A 2017 study of Mexican immigrant households in the United States found that by virtue of moving to the United States, the households increase their incomes more than fivefold immediately.JOURNAL, Gove, Michael, 2017-04-18, Migration as Development: Household Survey Evidence on Migrants' Wage Gains, Social Indicators Research, 137, 3, en, 1033–1060, 10.1007/s11205-017-1630-4, 0303-8300, The study also found that the "average gains accruing to migrants surpass those of even the most successful current programs of economic development."A 2017 study of European migrant workers in the UK shows that upon accession to the EU, the migrant workers see a substantial positive impact on their earnings. The data indicate that acquiring EU status raises earnings for the workers by giving them the right to freely change jobs.JOURNAL, Ruhs, Martin, 2017-02-01, The Impact of Acquiring EU Status on the Earnings of East European Migrants in the UK: Evidence from a Quasi-Natural Experiment, British Journal of Industrial Relations, 55, 4, en, 716–750, 10.1111/bjir.12223, 1467-8543, A 2017 study in the Quarterly Journal of Economics found that immigrants from middle- and low-income countries to the United States increased their wages by a factor of two to three upon migration.JOURNAL, Hendricks, Lutz, Schoellman, Todd, Human Capital and Development Accounting: New Evidence from Wage Gains at Migration, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 133, 2, 665–700, 10.1093/qje/qjx047, 2017,

Innovation and entrepreneurship

A 2017 survey of the existing economic literature found that "high-skilled migrants boost innovation and productivity outcomes." According to a 2013 survey of the existing economic literature, "much of the existing research points towards positive net contributions by immigrant entrepreneurs."JOURNAL, Fairlie, Robert W., Lofstrom, Magnus, 2013-01-01, Immigration and Entrepreneurship, IZA Discussion Papers, 7669,weblink Areas where immigrant are more prevalent in the United States have substantially more innovation (as measured by patenting and citations).JOURNAL, Ufuk, Akcigit, John, Grigsby, Tom, Nicholas, 2017-05-01, Immigration and the Rise of American Ingenuity, American Economic Review, en, 107, 5, 10.1257/aer.p20171021, 0002-8282, 327–331,weblink Immigrants to the United States create businesses at higher rates than natives.BOOK, Kerr, Sari Pekkala, Kerr, William R., Immigrant Entrepreneurship, Measuring Entrepreneurial Businesses: Current Knowledge and Challenges, Haltiwanger, Hurst, Miranda, Schoar, 2017, 10.3386/w22385, mdy-all, A 2010 study showed "that a 1 percentage point increase in immigrant college graduates' population share increases patents per capita by 9–18 percent."JOURNAL, Hunt, Jennifer, Gauthier-Loiselle, Marjolaine, 2010-01-01, How Much Does Immigration Boost Innovation?, 25760296, American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2, 2, 31–56, 10.1257/mac.2.2.31,weblink Mass migration can also boost innovation and growth, as shown by the Jewish, Huguenot and Bohemian diasporas in Berlin and Prussia,JOURNAL, Immigration and the Diffusion of Technology: The Huguenot Diaspora in Prussia, American Economic Review, 84–122, 104, 1, 10.1257/aer.104.1.84, Erik, Hornung, 2014, 10419/37227,weblink JOURNAL, Hornung, Erik, 2018, Diasporas, Diversity, and Economic Activity: Evidence from 18th-century Berlin, Explorations in Economic History, 73, 101261, 10.1016/j.eeh.2018.10.001, 0014-4983, BOOK, The Economy of Europe in an Age of Crisis, 1600–1750, de Vries, Jan, October 1976, Cambridge University Press, 9780521211239, 87–88, en, 10.1017/cbo9781107049772, registration,weblink German Jewish Émigrés in the US,JOURNAL, German Jewish Émigrés and US Invention, American Economic Review, 3222–3255, 104, 10, 10.1257/aer.104.10.3222, Petra, Moser, Alessandra, Voena, Fabian, Waldinger, 2014,weblink the Mariel boatlift,WEB,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink dead, 2016-02-17, The Mariel Boatlift – A Natural Experiment in Low-Skilled Immigration and Innovation, Harris, Rachel Anne, the exodus of Soviet Jews to Israel in the 1990s, European migration to Argentina during the Age of Mass Migration (1850–1914),JOURNAL, Droller, Federico, 2017-03-01, Migration, Population Composition, and Long Run Economic Development: Evidence from Settlements in the Pampas, The Economic Journal, 128, 614, en, 2321–2352, 10.1111/ecoj.12505, 1468-0297, west-east migration in the wake of German reunification,WEB,weblink The Workforce of Pioneer Plants, School, Harvard Kennedy,, 28 February 2016, and Polish immigration to Germany after joining the EU.NEWS,weblink Polish immigrants stimulate innovation in Germany, 2018-05-10, LSE Business Review, 2018-09-30, en-US, A 2018 study in the Economic Journal found that "that a 10% increase in immigration from exporters of a given product is associated with a 2% increase in the likelihood that the host country starts exporting that good ‘from scratch’ in the next decade."JOURNAL, Bahar, Dany, Rapoport, Hillel, Migration, Knowledge Diffusion and the Comparative Advantage of Nations, The Economic Journal, 128, 612, en, F273–F305, 10.1111/ecoj.12450, 1468-0297, 2018, 10419/130392,weblink Immigrants have been linked to greater invention and innovation in the US.JOURNAL, Kerr, William R., 1 January 2010, Breakthrough inventions and migrating clusters of innovation, Journal of Urban Economics, Special Issue: Cities and Entrepreneurship - Sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (, 67, 1, 46–60, 10.1016/j.jue.2009.09.006,, JOURNAL, Khanna, Gaurav, Lee, Munseob, 2018, High-Skill Immigration, Innovation, and Creative Destruction,weblink WEB,weblink The Gift of Global Talent: How Migration Shapes Business, Economy & Society, Kerr, William, 2018, Stanford University Press, According to one report, "immigrants have started more than half (44 of 87) of America's startup companies valued at $1 billion dollars or more and are key members of management or product development teams in over 70 percent (62 of 87) of these companies."WEB,weblink Immigrants and Billion Dollar Startups, One analysis found that immigrant-owned firms had a higher innovation rate (on most measures of innovation) than firms owned by U.S.-born entrepreneurs.JOURNAL, Brown, J. David, Earle, John S, Kim, Mee Jung, Lee, Kyung Min, 2019, Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Innovation in the U.S. High-Tech Sector,weblink 10.3386/w25565, 10419/196688, Research also shows that labor migration increases human capital.WEB,weblink Skilled Emigration and Skill Creation: A quasi-experiment - Working Paper 152, 2016-07-03, Foreign doctoral students are a major source of innovation in the American economy.JOURNAL, Stuen, Eric T., Mobarak, Ahmed Mushfiq, Maskus, Keith E., 1 December 2012, Skilled Immigration and Innovation: Evidence from Enrollment Fluctuations in US Doctoral Programmes, The Economic Journal, en, 122, 565, 1143–1176, 10.1111/j.1468-0297.2012.02543.x, 1468-0297,, In the United States, immigrant workers hold a disproportionate share of jobs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM): "In 2013, foreign-born workers accounted for 19.2 percent of STEM workers with a bachelor's degree, 40.7 percent of those with a master's degree, and more than half—54.5 percent—of those with a Ph.D."WEB,weblink Immigrants Play a Key Role in STEM Fields,

Quality of institutions

A 2015 study finds "some evidence that larger immigrant population shares (or inflows) yield positive impacts on institutional quality. At a minimum, our results indicate that no negative impact on economic freedom is associated with more immigration."JOURNAL, Lawson, Robert, Nowrasteh, Alex, Powell, Benjamin, Murphy, Ryan, June 2015, Does immigration impact institutions?, Public Choice (journal), Public Choice, 163, 3, 321–335, 10.1007/s11127-015-0254-y, harv, Clark, J.R., Another study, looking at the increase in Israel's population in the 1990s due to the unrestricted immigration of Jews from the Soviet Union, finds that the mass immigration did not undermine political institutions, and substantially increased the quality of economic institutions.JOURNAL, Powell, Benjamin, Clark, J. R., Nowrasteh, Alex, 2016-11-17, Does Mass Immigration Destroy Institutions? 1990s Israel as a Natural Experiment, 2871406, Rochester, NY, Social Science Research Network, A 2017 study in the British Journal of Political Science argued that the British American colonies without slavery adopted better democratic institutions in order to attract migrant workers to their colonies.JOURNAL, Nikolova, Elena, 2017-01-01, Destined for Democracy? Labour Markets and Political Change in Colonial British America, British Journal of Political Science, 47, 1, 19–45, 10.1017/S0007123415000101, 0007-1234,weblink JOURNAL, Nikolova, Elena, Nikolova, Milena, 2017-09-01, Suffrage, labour markets and coalitions in colonial Virginia, European Journal of Political Economy, 49, 108–122, 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2017.01.002, 10419/147912,weblink A 2018 study fails to find evidence that immigration to the United States weakens economic freedom.JOURNAL, Padilla, Alexandre, Cachanosky, Nicolás, 2018-02-05, The Grecian horse: does immigration lead to the deterioration of American institutions?, Public Choice, 174, 3–4, en, 351–405, 10.1007/s11127-018-0509-5, 0048-5829, A 2019 study of Jordan found that the massive influx of refugees into Jordan during the Gulf War had long-lasting positive effects on Jordanian economic institutions.JOURNAL, Blondin, Cole, Forrester, Andrew C., Nowrasteh, Alex, How Mass Immigration Affects Countries with Weak Economic Institutions: A Natural Experiment in Jordan, The World Bank Economic Review, en, 10.1093/wber/lhy032, 2019,


Some research has found that as immigration and ethnic heterogeneity increase, government funding of welfare and public support for welfare decrease.BOOK, Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe: A World of Difference,weblink, 14 January 2016, 2004, Oxford University Press, JOURNAL, Schmidt-Catran, Alexander W., Spies, Dennis C., 4 March 2016, Immigration and Welfare Support in Germany, American Sociological Review, en, 0003122416633140, 10.1177/0003122416633140, 0003-1224, 81, 2, JOURNAL, Lee, Woojin, Roemer, John E., 2006-08-01, Racism and redistribution in the United States: A solution to the problem of American exceptionalism, Journal of Public Economics, 90, 6, 1027–1052, 10.1016/j.jpubeco.2005.08.008,weblink BOOK, Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe: A World of Difference - Oxford Scholarship, en, 10.1093/0199267669.001.0001, 2004, Alesina, Alberto, Glaeser, Edward, 9780199267668, Ethnic nepotism may be an explanation for this phenomenon. Other possible explanations include theories regarding in-group and out-group effects and reciprocal altruism.Research however also challenges the notion that ethnic heterogeneity reduces public goods provision.JOURNAL, Is Diversity Detrimental? Ethnic Fractionalization, Public Goods Provision, and the Historical Legacies of Stateness, Comparative Political Studies, 49, 11, 28 July 2015, 0010-4140, 1407–1445, 10.1177/0010414015592645, Andreas, Wimmer, JOURNAL, Immigration, Multiculturalism, and the Welfare State, Ethics & International Affairs, 1 September 2006, 1747-7093, 281–304, 20, 3, 10.1111/j.1747-7093.2006.00027.x, Will, Kymlicka, Keith, Banting, Studies that find a negative relationship between ethnic diversity and public goods provision often fail to take into account that strong states were better at assimilating minorities, thus decreasing diversity in the long run. Ethnically diverse states today consequently tend to be weaker states. Because most of the evidence on fractionalization comes from sub-Saharan Africa and the United States, the generalizability of the findings is questionable. A 2018 study in the American Political Science Review cast doubts on findings that ethnoracial homogeneity led to greater public goods provision.JOURNAL, Kustov, Alexander, Pardelli, Giuliana, 2018, Ethnoracial Homogeneity and Public Outcomes: The (Non)effects of Diversity, American Political Science Review, en, 112, 4, 1096–1103, 10.1017/S0003055418000308, 0003-0554, Research finds that Americans' attitudes towards immigration influence their attitudes towards welfare spending.JOURNAL, Immigration Attitudes and Support for the Welfare State in the American Mass Public, American Journal of Political Science, 61, 1 December 2015, 1540-5907, 146–162, 10.1111/ajps.12233, James C., Garand, Ping, Xu, Belinda C., Davis,weblink


A 2016 study found that immigration in the period 1940–2010 in the United States increased the high school completion of natives: "An increase of one percentage point in the share of immigrants in the population aged 11–64 increases the probability that natives aged 11–17 eventually complete 12 years of schooling by 0.3 percentage point."JOURNAL, Hunt, Jennifer, 2016-09-02, The Impact of Immigration on the Educational Attainment of Natives,weblink Journal of Human Resources, en, 0115–6913R1, 10.3368/jhr.52.4.0115-6913R1, 0022-166X, 52, 4, 10419/67241, Studies have found that non-native speakers of English in the UK have no causal impact on the performance of other pupils,JOURNAL, Non-native Speakers of English in the Classroom: What Are the Effects on Pupil Performance?, The Economic Journal, 1 August 2013, 1468-0297, F281–F307, 123, 570, 10.1111/ecoj.12054, Charlotte, Geay, Sandra, McNally, Shqiponja, Telhaj,weblink immigrant children have no significant impact on the test scores of Dutch children,JOURNAL, How Immigrant Children Affect the Academic Achievement of Native Dutch Children, The Economic Journal, 1 August 2013, 1468-0297, F308–F331, 123, 570, 10.1111/ecoj.12052, en, Asako, Ohinata, Jan C., van Ours,weblink no effect on grade repetition among native students exposed to migrant students in Austrian schools,JOURNAL, Immigrant concentration in schools: Consequences for native and migrant students, Labour Economics, 1 August 2015, 63–76, 35, 10.1016/j.labeco.2015.03.004, Nicole, Schneeweis, 10419/115095, that the presence of Latin American children in schools had no significant negative effects on peers, but that students with limited English skills had slight negative effects on peers,JOURNAL, Diette, Timothy M., Uwaifo Oyelere, Ruth, Gender and Racial Differences in Peer Effects of Limited English Students: A Story of Language or Ethnicity?, IZA Discussion Papers, January 2016, 9661,weblink 21 January 2016, en, and that the influx of Haitians to Florida public schools after the 2010 Haiti earthquake had no effects on the educational outcomes of incumbent students.JOURNAL, Unwelcome Guests? The Effects of Refugees on the Educational Outcomes of Incumbent Students, Journal of Labor Economics, 37, 4, 1061–1096, 2019, 10.1086/703116, Figlio, David, Özek, Umut,weblink A 2018 study found that the "presence of immigrant students who have been in the country for some time is found to have no effect on natives. However, a small negative effect of recent immigrants on natives’ language scores is reported."JOURNAL, Bossavie, Laurent, 2018-09-05, The Effect of Immigration on Natives' School Performance: Does Length of Stay in the Host Country Matter?,weblink Journal of Human Resources, en, 1017–9151R2, 10.3368/jhr.55.3.1017-9151R2, 0022-166X, Another 2018 study found that the presence of immigrant students to Italy was associated with "small negative average effects on maths test scores that are larger for low ability native students, strongly non-linear and only observable in classes with a high (top 20%) immigrant concentration. These outcomes are driven by classes with a high average linguistic distance between immigrants and natives, with no apparent additional role played by ethnic diversity."JOURNAL, 2018-12-25, The effect of immigrant peers in vocational schools#,weblink European Economic Review, 113, 1–22, en, 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2018.12.005, 0014-2921, Frattini, Tommaso, Meschi, Elena,


A 2019 review of existing research in the Annual Review of Sociology on immigrant assimilation in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain concluded "we find an overall pattern of intergenerational assimilation in terms of socioeconomic attainment, social relations, and cultural beliefs."JOURNAL, Drouhot, Lucas G., Nee, Victor, 2019, Assimilation and the Second Generation in Europe and America: Blending and Segregating Social Dynamics Between Immigrants and Natives, Annual Review of Sociology, 45, 1, null, 10.1146/annurev-soc-073117-041335,

United States

A 2018 study in the American Sociological Review found that within racial groups, most immigrants to the United States had fully assimilated within a span of 20 years. Immigrants arriving in the United States after 1994 assimilate more rapidly than immigrants who arrived in previous periods. Measuring assimilation can be difficult due to "ethnic attrition", which refers to when ancestors of migrants cease to self-identify with the nationality or ethnicity of their ancestors. This means that successful cases of assimilation will be underestimated. Research shows that ethnic attrition is sizable in Hispanic and Asian immigrant groups in the United States.JOURNAL, Duncan, Brian, Trejo, Stephen J, 2011, Tracking Intergenerational Progress for Immigrant Groups: The Problem of Ethnic Attrition, American Economic Review, 101, 3, 603–608, 10.1257/aer.101.3.603, JOURNAL, Alba, Richard, Islam, Tariqul, 1 January 2009, The Case of the Disappearing Mexican Americans: An Ethnic-Identity Mystery, Population Research and Policy Review, 28, 2, 109–121, 10.1007/s11113-008-9081-x, 20616620, By taking account of ethnic attrition, the assimilation rate of Hispanics in the United States improves significantly.JOURNAL, Duncan, Brian, Trejo, Stephen, 2017, The Complexity of Immigrant Generations: Implications for Assessing the Socioeconomic Integration of Hispanics and Asians, ILR Review, 70, 5, 1146–1175, 10.1177/0019793916679613, 28935997, 5602570,, A 2016 paper challenges the view that cultural differences are necessarily an obstacle to long-run economic performance of migrants. It finds that "first generation migrants seem to be less likely to success the more culturally distant they are, but this effect vanishes as time spent in the US increases."WEB,weblink Achieving the American Dream: Cultural Distance, Cultural Diversity and Economic Performance {{!, Oxford Economic and Social History Working Papers {{!}} Working Papers||access-date=18 May 2016}}A 2018 study found that Chinese nationals in the United States who received permanent residency permits from the US government amid the Tianamen Square protests (and subsequent Chinese government clampdown) experienced significant employment and earnings gains relative to similar immigrant groups who did not have the same residency rights.JOURNAL, Orrenius, Pia, Zavodny, Madeline, Kerr, Emily, June 2012, Chinese Immigrants in the U.S. Labor Market: Effects of Post-Tiananmen Immigration Policy, International Migration Review, en, 46, 2, 456–482, 10.1111/j.1747-7379.2012.00893.x, 0197-9183, 10419/58772, During the Age of Mass Migration, infant arrivals to the United States had greater economic success over their lifetime than teenage arrivals.JOURNAL, Alexander, Rohan, Ward, Zachary, 2018, Age at Arrival and Assimilation During the Age of Mass Migration, The Journal of Economic History, en, 78, 3, 904–937, 10.1017/S0022050718000335, 0022-0507,


A 2015 report by the National Institute of Demographic Studies finds that an overwhelming majority of second-generation immigrants of all origins in France feel French, despite the persistent discrimination in education, housing and employment that many of the minorities face.NEWS,weblink Study Finds Children of Immigrants Embracing 'Frenchness', Bohlen, Celestine, 25 January 2016, The New York Times, 0362-4331, 19 April 2016, Research shows that country of origin matters for speed and depth of immigrant assimilation but that there is considerable assimilation overall. Research finds that first generation immigrants from countries with less egalitarian gender cultures adopt gender values more similar to natives over time.JOURNAL, Are They Acculturating? Europe's Immigrants and Gender Egalitarianism, Social Forces, 1 March 2014, 0037-7732, 899–928, 92, 3, 10.1093/sf/sot126, Antje, Röder, Peter, Mühlau, JOURNAL, Gender Equality Attitudes among Turks in Western Europe and Turkey: The Interrelated Impact of Migration and Parents' Attitudes, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 16 April 2015, 1369-183X, 749–771, 41, 5, 10.1080/1369183X.2014.948394, Niels, Spierings, According to one study, "this acculturation process is almost completed within one generational succession: The gender attitudes of second generation immigrants are difficult to distinguish from the attitudes of members of mainstream society. This holds also for children born to immigrants from very gender traditional cultures and for children born to less well integrated immigrant families." Similar results are found on a study of Turkish migrants to Western Europe. The assimilation on gender attitudes has been observed in education, as one study finds "that the female advantage in education observed among the majority population is usually present among second-generation immigrants."JOURNAL, Gender Inequalities in the Education of the Second Generation in Western Countries, Sociology of Education, 1 July 2014, 0038-0407, 143–170, 87, 3, 10.1177/0038040714537836, Fenella, Fleischmann, Cornelia, Kristen, With, Contributions, Including the Provision of Data and Analyses Instrumental to The, Research, by, Anthony F., Heath, Yaël, Brinbaum, Patrick, Deboosere, Nadia, Granato, Submitted manuscript, 1874/301991, (File:Share of Migrants in the world 2015-en.svg|thumb|260px|Share of migrants in all countries. Data from 2015.)A 2017 study of Switzerland found that naturalization strongly improves long-term social integration of immigrants: "The integration returns to naturalization are larger for more marginalized immigrant groups and when naturalization occurs earlier, rather than later in the residency period."JOURNAL, Hainmueller, Jens, Hangartner, Dominik, Pietrantuono, Giuseppe, 2017-02-01, Catalyst or Crown: Does Naturalization Promote the Long-Term Social Integration of Immigrants?, American Political Science Review, 111, 2, 256–276, 10.1017/S0003055416000745, 0003-0554,weblink A separate study of Switzerland found that naturalization improved the economic integration of immigrants: "winning Swiss citizenship in the referendum increased annual earnings by an average of approximately 5,000 U.S. dollars over the subsequent 15 years. This effect is concentrated among more marginalized immigrants."WEB,weblink Citizenship Increases the Long-Term Earnings of Marginalized Immigrants, Immigration Policy Lab, en-US, 2019-03-01, First-generation immigrants tend to hold less accepting views of homosexual lifestyles but opposition weakens with longer stays.JOURNAL, Immigrants' Attitudes toward Homosexuality: Socialization, Religion, and Acculturation in European Host Societies, International Migration Review, 1 December 2015, 1747-7379, 1042–1070, 49, 4, 10.1111/imre.12113, Antje, Röder, Second-generation immigrants are overall more accepting of homosexual lifestyles, but the acculturation effect is weaker for Muslims and to some extent, Eastern Orthodox migrants.A study of Bangladeshi migrants in East London found they shifted towards the thinking styles of the wider non-migrant population in just a single generation.JOURNAL, How Do People Become W.E.I.R.D.? Migration Reveals the Cultural Transmission Mechanisms Underlying Variation in Psychological Processes, PLoS ONE, 13 January 2016, e0147162, 11, 1, 10.1371/journal.pone.0147162, Alex, Mesoudi, Kesson, Magid, Delwar, Hussain, 26760972, 4711941, 2016PLoSO..1147162M, A study on Germany found that foreign-born parents are more likely to integrate if their children are entitled to German citizenship at birth.JOURNAL, The Effect of Birthright Citizenship on Parental Integration Outcomes, The Journal of Law and Economics, 1 August 2013, 0022-2186, 777–810, 56, 3, 10.1086/673266, Ciro, Avitabile, Irma, Clots-Figueras, Paolo, Masella, 1814/13410, A 2017 study found that "faster access to citizenship improves the economic situation of immigrant women, especially their labour market attachment with higher employment rates, longer working hours and more stable jobs. Immigrants also invest more in host country-specific skills like language and vocational training. Faster access to citizenship seems a powerful policy instrument to boost economic integration in countries with traditionally restrictive citizenship policies."JOURNAL, Gathmann, Christina, Keller, Nicolas, Access to Citizenship and the Economic Assimilation of Immigrants, The Economic Journal, 128, 616, en, 3141–3181, 10.1111/ecoj.12546, 1468-0297, 2017, Naturalization is associated with large and persistent wage gains for the naturalized citizens in most countries.JOURNAL, Gathmann, Christina, 2015-02-01, Naturalization and citizenship: Who benefits?,weblink IZA World of Labor, 10.15185/izawol.125, One study of Denmark found that providing immigrants with voting rights reduced their crime rate.JOURNAL, Slotwinski, Michaela, Stutzer, Alois, Gorinas, Cédric, 2017-02-27, Democratic Involvement and Immigrants' Compliance with the Law, 2923633, Rochester, NY, Studies on programs that randomly allocate refugee immigrants across municipalities find that the assignment of neighborhood impacts immigrant crime propensity, education and earnings.JOURNAL, Damm, Anna Piil, Dustmann, Christian, Does Growing Up in a High Crime Neighborhood Affect Youth Criminal Behavior?, American Economic Review, 104, 6, 1806–1832, 10.1257/aer.104.6.1806, 2014,weblink Submitted manuscript, JOURNAL, Åslund, Olof, Edin, Per-Anders, Fredriksson, Peter, Grönqvist, Hans, Peers, Neighborhoods, and Immigrant Student Achievement: Evidence from a Placement Policy, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 3, 2, 67–95, 10.1257/app.3.2.67, 2011, 2445/116663, JOURNAL, Damm, Anna Piil, 1 January 2014, Neighborhood quality and labor market outcomes: Evidence from quasi-random neighborhood assignment of immigrants, Journal of Urban Economics, Spatial Dimensions of Labor Markets, 79, 139–166, 10.1016/j.jue.2013.08.004,weblink JOURNAL, Damm, Anna Piil, 1 April 2009, Ethnic Enclaves and Immigrant Labor Market Outcomes: Quasi‐Experimental Evidence, Journal of Labor Economics, 27, 2, 281–314, 10.1086/599336, 0734-306X, JOURNAL, Edin, Per-Anders, Fredriksson, Peter, Åslund, Olof, 1 February 2003, Ethnic Enclaves and the Economic Success of Immigrants—Evidence from a Natural Experiment, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, en, 118, 1, 329–357, 10.1162/00335530360535225, 0033-5533, 10419/82170, JOURNAL, Jones, Will, Teytelboym, Alexander, The Local Refugee Match: Aligning Refugees' Preferences with the Capacities and Priorities of Localities, Journal of Refugee Studies, 31, 2, 152–178, 10.1093/jrs/fex022, 2017, A 2019 study found that refugees who resettled in areas with many conationals were more likely to be economically integrated.JOURNAL, Hangartner, Dominik, Hainmueller, Jens, Martén, Linna, 2019-07-24, Ethnic networks can foster the economic integration of refugees, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116, 33, en, 16280–16285, 10.1073/pnas.1820345116, 0027-8424, 31358632, 6697878, Research suggests that bilingual schooling reduces barriers between speakers from two different communities.JOURNAL, Cappellari, Lorenzo, Di Paolo, Antonio, Bilingual Schooling and Earnings: Evidence from a Language-in-Education Reform, IZA Discussion Papers, October 2015, 9431,weblink 22 March 2016, en, Research suggests that a vicious cycle of bigotry and isolation could reduce assimilation and increase bigotry towards immigrants in the long-term. For instance, University of California, San Diego political scientist Claire Adida, Stanford University political scientist David Laitin and Sorbonne University economist Marie-Anne Valfort argue "fear-based policies that target groups of people according to their religion or region of origin are counter-productive. Our own research, which explains the failed integration of Muslim immigrants in France, suggests that such policies can feed into a vicious cycle that damages national security. French Islamophobia—a response to cultural difference—has encouraged Muslim immigrants to withdraw from French society, which then feeds back into French Islamophobia, thus further exacerbating Muslims’ alienation, and so on. Indeed, the failure of French security in 2015 was likely due to police tactics that intimidated rather than welcomed the children of immigrants—an approach that makes it hard to obtain crucial information from community members about potential threats."JOURNAL, Adida, Claire L., Laitin, David D., Valfort, Marie-Anne, 2017-02-01, The Wrong Way to Stop Terrorism,weblink Foreign Affairs, NEWS,weblink AdidaLaitinValfort2017_ForeignAffairs.pdf, Google Docs, 2017-02-04, A study which examined Catalan nationalism examined the Catalan Government's policy towards the integration of immigrants during the start of the 1990s. At this time the Spanish region of Catalonia was experiencing a large influx in the number of immigrants from Northern Africa , Latin America and Asia.The Spanish government paid little attention to this influx of immigrants. However, Catalan politicians began discussing how the increase in immigrants would effect Catalan identity. Members of the Catalan parliament petitioned for a plan to integrate these immigrants into Catalan society. Crucially , the plan did not include policies regarding naturalisation , which were key immigration policies of the Spanish government.The plan of the Catalan parliament aimed to create a shared Catalan identity which included both the native Catalan population and immigrant communities. This meant that immigrants were encouraged to relate as part of the Catalan community but also encouraged to retain their own culture and traditions. In this way assimilation of immigrant cultures in Catalonia was avoided.JOURNAL, Coversi, etal, 2017, Despite the crisis: The resilience of intercultural nationalism in Catalonia, International Migration, 55, 2, 53–67, 10.1111/imig.12323, A 2018 study in the British Journal of Political Science found that immigrants in Norway became more politically engaged the earlier that they were given voting rights.JOURNAL, Ferwerda, Jeremy, Finseraas, Henning, Bergh, Johannes, 2018, Voting Rights and Immigrant Incorporation: Evidence from Norway, British Journal of Political Science, en, 1–18, 10.1017/S0007123417000643, 0007-1234, A 2019 study in the European Economic Review found that language training improved the economic assimilation of immigrants in France.WEB, The effect of language training on immigrants' economic integration: Empirical evidence from France, 2019,

Social capital

There is some research that suggests that immigration adversely affects social capital in the short term.JOURNAL, Algan, Yann, Hémet, Camille, Laitin, David D., 4 May 2016, The Social Effects of Ethnic Diversity at the Local Level: A Natural Experiment with Exogenous Residential Allocation, Journal of Political Economy, 000, 10.1086/686010, 0022-3808, 124, 3,weblink One study, for instance, found that "larger increases in US states' Mexican population shares correspond to larger decreases in social capital over the period" 1986–2004.JOURNAL, The Effect of Immigration from Mexico on Social Capital in the United States, International Migration Review, 51, 3, 1 December 2015, 1747-7379, 757–788, 10.1111/imre.12231, Morris, Levy, A 2017 study in the Journal of Comparative Economics found that "individuals whose ancestors migrated from countries with higher autocracy levels are less likely to trust others and to vote in presidential elections in the U.S. The impact of autocratic culture on trust can last for at least three generations while the impact on voting disappears after one generation. These impacts on trust and voting are also significant across Europe."JOURNAL, The autocratic roots of social distrust, 10.1016/j.jce.2017.12.002, 2018, Journal of Comparative Economics, 46, 1, 362–380, Xu, Xu, Jin, Xin, 0147-5967, A 2019 study found that "humans are inclined to react negatively to threats to homogeneity... in the short term. However, these negative outcomes are compensated in the long term by the beneficial influence of intergroup contact, which alleviates initial negative influences."JOURNAL, Hewstone, Miles, Massey, Douglas S., Bennett, Matthew R., Ramos, Miguel R., 2019-05-09, Humans adapt to social diversity over time, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116, 25, en, 12244–12249, 10.1073/pnas.1818884116, 0027-8424, 31072924, 6589669,


Research suggests that immigration has positive effects on native workers' health.JOURNAL, Giuntella, Osea, Mazzonna, Fabrizio, Nicodemo, Catia, Vargas-Silva, Carlos, 2019-07-01, Immigration and the reallocation of work health risks, Journal of Population Economics, en, 32, 3, 1009–1042, 10.1007/s00148-018-0710-3, 1432-1475, As immigration rises, native workers are pushed into less demanding jobs, which improves native workers' health outcomes.A 2018 study found that immigration to the United Kingdom "reduced waiting times for outpatient referrals and did not have significant effects on waiting times in accident and emergency departments (A&E) and elective care."JOURNAL, 2018-03-01, The effects of immigration on NHS waiting times, Journal of Health Economics, en, 58, 123–143, 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2018.02.001, 29477952, 0167-6296, Giuntella, Osea, Nicodemo, Catia, Vargas-Silva, Carlos, The study also found "evidence that immigration increased waiting times for outpatient referrals in more deprived areas outside of London" but that this increase disappears after 3 to 4 years.A 2018 systemic review and meta-analysis in The Lancet found that migrants generally have better health than the general population.JOURNAL, Abubakar, Ibrahim, Friedland, Jon S., Tollman, Stephen, Miranda, J. Jaime, Hargreaves, Sally, Burns, Rachel, Patel, Parth, Barr, Anna Louise, Bartlett, Sean, 2018-12-05, Global patterns of mortality in international migrants: a systematic review and meta-analysis,weblink The Lancet, English, 0, 10164, 2553–2566, 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32781-8, 30528484, 6294735, 1474-547X,


A 2014 study of the United Kingdom found that immigration generally reduced house prices, because natives at the top of the wage distribution respond to immigration by moving to other areas, reducing demand for housing.JOURNAL, Sá, Filipa, 2015-09-01, Immigration and House Prices in the UK, The Economic Journal, en, 125, 587, 1393–1424, 10.1111/ecoj.12158, 1468-0297, 10419/51818,


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Research suggests that police practices, such as racial profiling, over-policing in areas populated by minorities and in-group bias may result in disproportionately high numbers of racial minorities among crime suspects in Sweden, Italy, and England and Wales.WEB,weblink Diskriminering i rättsprocessen - Brå,, sv, 26 January 2016, JOURNAL, Hällsten, Martin, Szulkin, Ryszard, Sarnecki, Jerzy, 1 May 2013, Crime as a Price of Inequality? The Gap in Registered Crime between Childhood Immigrants, Children of Immigrants and Children of Native Swedes, British Journal of Criminology, 53, 3, 456–481, 10.1093/bjc/azt005, 0007-0955, BOOK, Immigration, Crime, and Criminalization in Italy - Oxford Handbooks, Crocitti, Stefania, 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199859016.013.029, 2013, JOURNAL, Colombo, Asher, 1 November 2013, Foreigners and immigrants in Italy's penal and administrative detention systems, European Journal of Criminology, en, 10, 6, 746–759, 10.1177/1477370813495128, 1477-3708, JOURNAL,weblink Ethnicities, Racism, and Crime in England and Wales – Oxford Handbooks, The Oxford Handbook of Ethnicity, Crime, and Immigration, Parmar, Alpa, 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199859016.013.014, 2013, Research also suggests that there may be possible discrimination by the judicial system, which contributes to a higher number of convictions for racial minorities in Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Denmark and France.JOURNAL, Holmberg, Lars, Kyvsgaard, Britta, Are Immigrants and Their Descendants Discriminated against in the Danish Criminal Justice System?, Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention, 4, 2, 125–142, 10.1080/14043850310020027, 2003, JOURNAL,weblink Case Study - Oxford Handbooks, The Oxford Handbook of Ethnicity, Crime, and Immigration, Roché, Sebastian, Gordon, Mirta B., Depuiset, Marie-Aude, 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199859016.013.030, 2013, JOURNAL, Light, Michael T., 1 March 2016, The Punishment Consequences of Lacking National Membership in Germany, 1998–2010, Social Forces, en, 94, 3, 1385–1408, 10.1093/sf/sov084, 0037-7732, JOURNAL, Wermink, Hilde, Johnson, Brian D., Nieuwbeerta, Paul, Keijser, Jan W. de, 1 November 2015, Expanding the scope of sentencing research: Determinants of juvenile and adult punishment in the Netherlands, European Journal of Criminology, en, 12, 6, 739–768, 10.1177/1477370815597253, 1477-3708, A 2018 study found that the Dutch are less likely to reciprocate in games played with immigrants than the native Dutch.JOURNAL, Cettolin, Elena, Suetens, Sigrid, 2018-07-18, Return on Trust is Lower for Immigrants, The Economic Journal, 129, 621, 1992–2009, en, 10.1111/ecoj.12629, 0013-0133, Several meta-analyses find extensive evidence of ethnic and racial discrimination in hiring in the North-American and European labor markets.JOURNAL, Riach, P. A., Rich, J., 1 November 2002, Field Experiments of Discrimination in the Market Place, The Economic Journal, en, 112, 483, F480–F518, 10.1111/1468-0297.00080, 1468-0297,, A 2016 meta-analysis of 738 correspondence tests in 43 separate studies conducted in OECD countries between 1990 and 2015 finds that there is extensive racial discrimination in hiring decisions in Europe and North-America. Equivalent minority candidates need to send around 50% more applications to be invited for an interview than majority candidates.A 2014 meta-analysis found extensive evidence of racial and ethnic discrimination in the housing market of several European countries.

The United States


A 2014 meta-analysis of racial discrimination in product markets found extensive evidence of minority applicants being quoted higher prices for products. A 1995 study found that car dealers "quoted significantly lower prices to white males than to black or female test buyers using identical, scripted bargaining strategies."JOURNAL, Ayres, Ian, Siegelman, Peter, 1 January 1995, Race and Gender Discrimination in Bargaining for a New Car,weblink American Economic Review, 85, 3, 304–21, A 2013 study found that eBay sellers of iPods received 21 percent more offers if a white hand held the iPod in the photo than a black hand.JOURNAL, Doleac, Jennifer L., Stein, Luke C.D., 1 November 2013, The Visible Hand: Race and Online Market Outcomes, The Economic Journal, en, 123, 572, F469–F492, 10.1111/ecoj.12082, 1468-0297,

Criminal justice system

Research suggests that police practices, such as racial profiling, over-policing in areas populated by minorities and in-group bias may result in disproportionately high numbers of racial minorities among crime suspects.JOURNAL, Warren, Patricia Y., Tomaskovic-Devey, Donald, 1 May 2009, Racial profiling and searches: Did the politics of racial profiling change police behavior?, Criminology & Public Policy, en, 8, 2, 343–369, 10.1111/j.1745-9133.2009.00556.x, 1745-9133, Statistics on Race and the Criminal Justice System 2008/09, p. 8., 22WEB,weblink Racial Bias in Police Investigations, West, Jeremy, November 2015,, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Working paper, 13 May 2016, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 7 March 2016, dmy-all, JOURNAL, Donohue III, John J., Levitt, Steven D., 1 January 2001, The Impact of Race on Policing and Arrests, 10.1086/322810, The Journal of Law & Economics, 44, 2, 367–394, 10.1086/322810,weblink Research also suggests that there may be possible discrimination by the judicial system, which contributes to a higher number of convictions for racial minorities.JOURNAL, Abrams, David S., Bertrand, Marianne, Mullainathan, Sendhil, 1 June 2012, Do Judges Vary in Their Treatment of Race?, The Journal of Legal Studies, 41, 2, 347–383, 10.1086/666006, 0047-2530,weblink JOURNAL, Mustard, David B., 1 April 2001, Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities in Sentencing: Evidence from the U.S. Federal Courts, The Journal of Law and Economics, 44, 1, 285–314, 10.1086/320276, 0022-2186, JOURNAL, Anwar, Shamena, Bayer, Patrick, Hjalmarsson, Randi, 1 May 2012, The Impact of Jury Race in Criminal Trials, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, en, 127, 2, 1017–1055, 10.1093/qje/qjs014, 0033-5533, JOURNAL, Daudistel, Howard C., Hosch, Harmon M., Holmes, Malcolm D., Graves, Joseph B., 1 February 1999, Effects of Defendant Ethnicity on Juries' Dispositions of Felony Cases, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, en, 29, 2, 317–336, 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1999.tb01389.x, 1559-1816, JOURNAL, Depew, Briggs, Eren, Ozkan, Mocan, Naci, 2017, Judges, Juveniles, and In-Group Bias, Journal of Law and Economics, 60, 2, 209–239, 10.1086/693822, mdy-all,weblink A 2012 study found that "(i) juries formed from all-white jury pools convict black defendants significantly (16 percentage points) more often than white defendants, and (ii) this gap in conviction rates is entirely eliminated when the jury pool includes at least one black member." Research has found evidence of in-group bias, where "black (white) juveniles who are randomly assigned to black (white) judges are more likely to get incarcerated (as opposed to being placed on probation), and they receive longer sentences." In-group bias has also been observed when it comes to traffic citations, as black and white cops are more likely to cite out-groups.


A 2015 study using correspondence tests "found that when considering requests from prospective students seeking mentoring in the future, faculty were significantly more responsive to White males than to all other categories of students, collectively, particularly in higher-paying disciplines and private institutions."JOURNAL, Milkman, Katherine L., Akinola, Modupe, Chugh, Dolly, 1 November 2015, What happens before? A field experiment exploring how pay and representation differentially shape bias on the pathway into organizations, The Journal of Applied Psychology, 100, 6, 1678–1712, 10.1037/apl0000022, 1939-1854, 25867167,weblink According to an analysis of the National Study of College Experience, elite colleges may favor minority applicants due to affirmative action policies.WEB,weblink Espenshade, T.J. and Radford, A.W.: No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal: Race and Class in Elite College Admission and Campus Life. (eBook, Paperback and Hardcover),, 24 April 2016, A 2018 National Bureau of Economic Research paper found that math teachers discriminate against the children of immigrants. When the teachers were informed about negative stereotypes towards the children of immigrants, they gave higher grades to the children of immigrants.JOURNAL, Alesina, Alberto, Carlana, Michela, Ferrara, Eliana La, Pinotti, Paolo, 2018, Revealing Stereotypes: Evidence from Immigrants in Schools,weblink 10.3386/w25333,


A 2014 meta-analysis found extensive evidence of racial discrimination in the American housing market. Minority applicants for housing needed to make many more enquiries to view properties. Geographical steering of African-Americans in US housing remained significant. A 2003 study finds "evidence that agents interpret an initial housing request as an indication of a customer's preferences, but also are more likely to withhold a house from all customers when it is in an integrated suburban neighborhood (redlining). Moreover, agents' marketing efforts increase with asking price for white, but not for black, customers; blacks are more likely than whites to see houses in suburban, integrated areas (steering); and the houses agents show are more likely to deviate from the initial request when the customer is black than when the customer is white. These three findings are consistent with the possibility that agents act upon the belief that some types of transactions are relatively unlikely for black customers (statistical discrimination)."JOURNAL, Ondrich, Jan, Ross, Stephen, Yinger, John, 1 November 2003, Now You See It, Now You Don't: Why Do Real Estate Agents Withhold Available Houses from Black Customers?, Review of Economics and Statistics, 85, 4, 854–873, 10.1162/003465303772815772, 0034-6535,weblink A report by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development where the department sent African-Americans and whites to look at apartments found that African-Americans were shown fewer apartments to rent and houses for sale.WEB,weblink Housing Discrimination against Racial and Ethnic Minorities 2012: Full Report,, 23 April 2016, 2016-06-04,

Labor market

Several meta-analyses find extensive evidence of ethnic and racial discrimination in hiring in the American labor market. A 2016 meta-analysis of 738 correspondence tests – tests where identical CVs for stereotypically black and white names were sent to employers – in 43 separate studies conducted in OECD countries between 1990 and 2015 finds that there is extensive racial discrimination in hiring decisions in Europe and North-America. These correspondence tests showed that equivalent minority candidates need to send around 50% more applications to be invited for an interview than majority candidates.JOURNAL, Bertrand, Marianne, Mullainathan, Sendhil, Are Emily and Greg More Employable Than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination, American Economic Review, 94, 4, 991–1013, 10.1257/0002828042002561, 2004,, A study that examine the job applications of actual people provided with identical résumés and similar interview training showed that African-American applicants with no criminal record were offered jobs at a rate as low as white applicants who had criminal records.JOURNAL, Pager, Devah, Western, Bruce, Bonikowski, Bart, 1 October 2009, Discrimination in a Low-Wage Labor Market A Field Experiment, American Sociological Review, en, 74, 5, 777–799, 10.1177/000312240907400505, 0003-1224, 2915472, 20689685,

Impact on the sending country

Remittances increase living standards in the country of origin. Remittances are a large share of the GDP of many developing countries.JOURNAL, Ratha, Dilip, 2012, Remittance flows in 2011,weblink Migration and Development Brief –Migration and Remittances Unit, the World Bank, 18, 1–3, Silwal, A study on remittances to Mexico found that remittances lead to a substantial increase in the availability of public services in Mexico, surpassing government spending in some localities.JOURNAL, Adida, Claire L., Girod, Desha M., 1 January 2011, Do Migrants Improve Their Hometowns? Remittances and Access to Public Services in Mexico, 1995–2000, Comparative Political Studies, en, 44, 1, 3–27, 10.1177/0010414010381073, 0010-4140, Research finds that emigration and low migration barriers has net positive effects on human capital formation in the sending countries. This means that there is a "brain gain" instead of a "brain drain" to emigration.One study finds that sending countries benefit indirectly in the long-run on the emigration of skilled workers because those skilled workers are able to innovate more in developed countries, which the sending countries are able to benefit on as a positive externality. Greater emigration of skilled workers consequently leads to greater economic growth and welfare improvements in the long-run.WEB,weblink High-Skilled Migration and Global Innovation, Xu, Rui, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 4 January 2016, dmy-all, The negative effects of high-skill emigration remain largely unfounded. According to economist Michael Clemens, it has not been shown that restrictions on high-skill emigration reduce shortages in the countries of origin.JOURNAL, Clemens, Michael, Development, Center for Global, USA, Smart policy toward high-skill emigrants,weblink IZA World of Labor, 10.15185/izawol.203, 2015, Research also suggests that emigration, remittances and return migration can have a positive impact on political institutions and democratization in the country of origin.JOURNAL, Docquier, Frédéric, Lodigiani, Elisabetta, Rapoport, Hillel, Schiff, Maurice, 1 May 2016, Emigration and democracy, Journal of Development Economics, 120, 209–223, 10.1016/j.jdeveco.2015.12.001,weblink JOURNAL, Escribà-Folch, Abel, Meseguer, Covadonga, Wright, Joseph, 1 September 2015, Remittances and Democratization, International Studies Quarterly, en, 59, 3, 571–586, 10.1111/isqu.12180, 1468-2478,weblink WEB,weblink Mounir Karadja,, 20 September 2015, WEB,weblink Can emigration lead to political change in poor countries? It did in 19th century Sweden: Guest Post by Mounir Karadja, Impact Evaluations, 4 December 2015, December 2015, JOURNAL, Tuccio, Michele, Wahba, Jackline, Hamdouch, Bachir, 1 January 2016, International Migration: Driver of Political and Social Change?, IZA Discussion Papers, 9794,weblink 13 October 2018, en, WEB,weblink Migration, Political Institutions, and Social Networks in Mozambique, JOURNAL, Batista, Catia, Vicente, Pedro C., 1 January 2011, Do Migrants Improve Governance at Home? Evidence from a Voting Experiment, The World Bank Economic Review, en, 25, 1, 77–104, 10.1093/wber/lhr009, 0258-6770, 10419/36182,weblink JOURNAL, Mahmoud, Omar, Toman, Rapoport, Hillel, Steinmayr, Andreas, Trebesch, Christoph, 18 September 2013, The Effect of Labor Migration on the Diffusion of Democracy: Evidence from a Former Soviet Republic, 2327441, Rochester, NY, Social Science Research Network, JOURNAL, Escribà-Folch, Abel, Meseguer, Covadonga, Wright, Joseph, 2018-08-18, Remittances and Protest in Dictatorships, American Journal of Political Science, 62, 4, 889–904, en, 10.1111/ajps.12382, 0092-5853, Research also shows that remittances can lower the risk of civil war in the country of origin.JOURNAL, Regan, Patrick M., Frank, Richard W., 1 November 2014, Migrant remittances and the onset of civil war, Conflict Management and Peace Science, en, 31, 5, 502–520, 10.1177/0738894213520369, 0738-8942, Return migration from countries with liberal gender norms has been associated with the transfer of liberal gender norms to the home country.JOURNAL, Tuccio, Michele, Wahba, Jackline, 2018, Return migration and the transfer of gender norms: Evidence from the Middle East, Journal of Comparative Economics, 46, 4, 1006–1029, 10.1016/j.jce.2018.07.015, 0147-5967, Research suggests that emigration causes an increase in the wages of those who remain in the country of origin. A 2014 survey of the existing literature on emigration finds that a 10 percent emigrant supply shock would increase wages in the sending country by 2–5.5%. A study of emigration from Poland shows that it led to a slight increase in wages for high- and medium-skilled workers for remaining Poles.JOURNAL, Dustmann, Christian, Frattini, Tommaso, Rosso, Anna, 1 April 2015, The Effect of Emigration from Poland on Polish Wages, The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, en, 117, 2, 522–564, 10.1111/sjoe.12102, 1467-9442,weblink Submitted manuscript, A 2013 study finds that emigration from Eastern Europe after the 2004 EU enlargement increased the wages of remaining young workers in the country of origin by 6%, while it had no effect on the wages of old workers.JOURNAL, Elsner, Benjamin, 1 September 2013, Emigration and wages: The EU enlargement experiment, Journal of International Economics, 91, 1, 154–163, 10.1016/j.jinteco.2013.06.002, 10419/48716,weblink The wages of Lithuanian men increased as a result of post-EU enlargement emigration.JOURNAL, Elsner, Benjamin, 10 November 2012, Does emigration benefit the stayers? Evidence from EU enlargement, Journal of Population Economics, en, 26, 2, 531–553, 10.1007/s00148-012-0452-6, 0933-1433, 10419/67322, Return migration is associated with greater household firm revenues.WEB,weblink The effects of return migration on Egyptian household revenues, Bensassi, Sami, Jabbour, Liza, 15 July 2015, PDF, 11 May 2016, Some research shows that the remittance effect is not strong enough to make the remaining natives in countries with high emigration flows better off.

See also

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Further reading

  • Appel, Jacob. The Ethical Case for an Open Immigration Policy 4 May 2009.
  • Bauder, Harald. Labor Movement: How Migration Regulates Labor Markets, New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • BOOK, Borjas, George J., George J. Borjas, 2014, Immigration Economics, Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 978-0-674-04977-2,
  • Borjas, George. "Increasing the Supply of Labor Through Immigration". Center for Immigration Studies, May 2004.
  • JOURNAL, Burtless, Gary, Impact of Immigration on the Distribution of American Well-Being, 1 December 2009,weblink 15 October 2018, en, 1553271, Brookings Institution,
  • De La Torre, Miguel A., Trails of Hope and Terror: Testimonies on Immigration. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Press, 2009.
  • Esbenshade, Jill. Division and Dislocation: Regulating Immigration through Local Housing Ordinances. Immigration Policy Center, American Immigration Law Foundation, Summer 2007.
  • Ewing, Walter A. Border Insecurity: U.S. Border-Enforcement Policies and National Security, Immigration Policy Center, American Immigration Law Foundation, Spring 2006.
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