Archive | General Research

The Coalition has collected on these pages summaries of major research on immigration policy issues. All summaries contain links to the original research. Our goal in gathering this information is to create a solid foundation for policy development in the immigration field.

Paper analyzes “weak link” occupations in the U.S. labor market — defined as those heavily dependent on immigrant labor to meet future need

In this report, the authors begin by noting recent trends in the U.S. labor market—reduced labor market participation after the pandemic, and a decline in immigration resulting in labor shortages that show no sign of abating. The tight labor market has provided opportunities for many workers to shift to higher-paying jobs, exacerbating labor shortages at […]

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Study calls attention to the critical importance of immigrants in the nursing home workforce

Increased immigration to the U.S. significantly raises staffing levels and improves patient outcomes in nursing homes. David Grabowski and colleagues utilized a variety of data sets in order to reach this conclusion in their paper “Immigration, the Long-Term Care Workforce, and Elder Outcomes in the U.S.” The authors highlight that immigrants represent a disproportionate share of long-term care workers, making up […]

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Rutgers University professor publishes paper calling for a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration system to align with the needs of the economy

A professor of economics at Rutgers University and former Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, Jennifer Hunt was invited to submit a proposal for a complete revamp of the nation’s immigration system by the Hamilton Project of the Brookings Institution. This document covers all of her suggested revisions to the current system.  The […]

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Study analyzes 200,000 congressional speeches and 5,000 presidential communications related to immigration since 1880 and finds that political speech on the subject has become more positive, but also more polarized

As a nation of immigrants, the United States has a complicated history of immigration that is both celebrated and deplored. Resistance to newcomers has been central to public discourse, but there has been a rise in pro-immigration attitudes over the past century. According to Gallup, 77% of Americans answered that immigration was a good thing in […]

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Report finds that 64% of “unicorn” companies, i.e. privately held, start-up companies valued at $1 billion or more, were founded by immigrants or their children

This study examines the pivotal role played by immigrants in founding “unicorn” companies, defined as privately-held, start-up companies valued at $1 billion or more. Immigrants founded more than half (319 of 582, or 55%) of these companies. The number rises to nearly two-thirds (64%) when adding companies founded by the children of immigrants. Interestingly, there […]

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After convening a series of stakeholder meetings to discuss needed reforms to the U.S. employment-based immigration system, the Bipartisan Policy Center publishes a report detailing its findings

This report summarizes conclusions drawn from discussions of stakeholders in the immigration debate convened by the Bipartisan Policy Center in 2021 and 2022. Stakeholders representing business, labor, and immigrant advocates were tasked with discussing possible reforms to the employment-based immigration system — both for high-skilled and lesser-skilled immigrants.  There were many areas of agreement, including: the […]

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Report describes the characteristics and contributions of foreign-born STEM workers in the U.S. — now almost a quarter of all STEM workers in the country

In the context of reports of worker shortages in economically critical STEM fields, this fact sheet provides a detailed analysis of the characteristics and contributions of foreign-born STEM workers in the United States. Using American Community Survey data, the fact sheet notes that as of 2019, immigrants made up almost a quarter (23.1%), of all […]

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