Fiscal and Economic Contributions of Immigrants


Perspectives on Immigration Reform Podcast: A Compassionate Look at Family Immigration

The number of green cards currently available each year is the same number we've been using since 1990. Listen as Michele Waslin, Program Coordinator at the Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University talks with Perspectives on Immigration Reform about the problems with the current system and what must be done to remedy it.


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April 23, 2018

A Profile of Immigrants from Travel Ban-Affected Countries the United States

The data show that immigrants from the travel ban-affected countries are typically employed, highly educated, have high incomes, are homeowners, and make economic contributions to the United States. While the social and economic contributions made by these immigrants did not occur over night, with time these immigrants overcame challenges to make significant contributions to the United States. All of this suggests that barring future nationals from these countries could have a negative economic and social impact on the United States.


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Examining the fiscal contribution of foreign-born and native-born households in the U.S.

This research brief examines the fiscal contribution of foreign-born and native-born households in the United States. This examination is accomplished by comparing income tax contributions and social assistance expenditures within and between each household group.


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Dependents and Dependency: Immigrants and the Future of the U.S. Economy

By using national survey data, this report explores the social location (by age and sex) of immigrants and analyzes how they factor into dependencies and dependency ratio calculations in the United States. We find that, in general, immigrants in the United States are less dependent and therefore make greater socioeconomic contributions in comparison to native-born citizens.