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Study argues for a doubling of annual immigration to maintain the position of the U.S. as the world’s largest economy

The competition for first place in the global economy is heating up. According to researchers at George Mason University in a study commissioned by fwd.us, immigration policy can be used as a tool to maintain the position of the U.S. as the world’s largest economy. Without the boost provided by immigration, the study projects that […]

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Paper cautions against increasing the number of H-2B temporary work visas until domestic unemployment rates are reduced and abuses in the program are eliminated

While some business executives cite labor shortages to justify their push for the Biden administration to double the H2-B temporary work visa quota, the author of this article cites data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other sources to refute that claim. In his article “Claims of labor shortages in H-2B industries don’t hold up […]

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While arguing for the expansion of the H-2B temporary worker program, CATO paper asserts that the costs and complexity of the program are a disincentive for many employers and need to be reduced

This paper discuses the H-2B visa program — for temporary workers coming to perform seasonal, non-agricultural work. It explains in detail the complex rules employers must navigate when applying for H-2B workers. The author provides various statistics on the H-2B program, including top sending countries, job categories for which the greatest number of H-2B workers […]

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Paper argues that legal immigration levels should be increased to prevent the dire economic consequences of falling birth rates and a rapidly aging population

The U.S. population is aging at a high rate, and immigration policy can be used more strategically to offset the harmful socioeconomic consequences of this “societal restructuring.” This is the argument behind a study published by the National Immigration Forum. Using Census and other data, the report finds that nearly one in four Americans is projected to be 65 years or older by […]

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Paper suggests that worldwide scientific output would be enhanced by immigration reform in the United States and other countries

  Migrants to the U.S. and other countries are at the forefront of global knowledge production, comprising 33 percent of Nobel prize winners and 63 percent of Fields medalists for mathematics. This study, published by IZA Institute of Labor Economics, explores the impact of U.S. immigration policies on global scientific output. The report suggests that […]

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Study examines the international student population in the United States, covering topics such as countries of origin, regional distribution, and economic impact

The top receiving country for international students has long been the United States, although there has been a recent decline in international enrollment due to immigration restrictions and the COVID-19 pandemic. “International Students in the United States,” published by the Migration Policy Institute, offers a portrait of international students in the U.S. and explores the […]

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Seeking to bridge the ideological and political divide on immigration reform, Niskanen Center publishes a series of “bold ideas” for creating an immigration system in the national interest.

In an effort to break the paralysis on immigration reform in Congress and to create an expanded menu of policy options for the incoming Biden administration, a number of groups are putting forth bold new ideas to enrich the discussion on immigration policy. One such group is the Niskanen Center, a Washington-based think tank that […]

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