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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

STUDY: NO LINK BETWEEN IMMIGRATION AND UNEMPLOYMENT

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From Business Week:

A report released on Tuesday makes the case
that increased immigration is not a cause of increased unemployment in
the U.S. The study, "The Unemployment Disconnect: Untying the Knot,"
was issued by the Immigration Policy Center, the research arm of the
American Immigration Law Foundation, an association of immigration
lawyers that generally supports
pro-immigration policies.



The study sets out with the assertion that if immigrants are taking
jobs away from native-born workers, "one would expect to find high
unemployment rates in those parts of the country with large numbers of
immigrants." Examining state, county, and metropolitan area data, the
study finds no correlation between levels of immigration and
native-born unemployment. "The numbers of recent immigrants in an area
provide no indication of what the unemployment rate might be."



Other factors, like an area's mix of industries, are better
indicators of unemployment than immigration numbers, say the authors.
In fact, the report concludes that the highest unemployment rates are
found in counties located in manufacturing centers and in rural areas,
which tend to have relatively fewer immigrants.


Business Week's Moira Herbst does raise some questions regarding the results including the question of why illegal immigrants are leaving the country in droves as unemployment has risen. Nevertheless, the report does raise real doubts about just how close a link there is between employment and immigration numbers.

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  1. analytical's Avatar
    Hi
    Greg
    Please do write something on introduction of nurses bill.
    (when will it be introduce,if introduced What is the chances of being passed???)
    Thanks in advance
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    Common sense will tell you in a global economy, higher skilled migration leads to lower unemployment. Why? Multinationals invest more in countries with relatively higher skilled immigration than in relatively low ones. 1992-2000 was a period of high skilled immigration in the US and unemployment fell from 7.3% to 3.6% due to increased Foreign Direct Investment into the US from low immigration countries such as Japan and Germany. As a result of this outflow, unemployment in Germany and Japan increased sharply while the US unemployment went down. Meanwhile in Australia the period between 1989 and 1997 was a period of low skilled immigration and high unemployment as investment left its shores. Unemployment soared to 9.5%. It was not after 1997 with the Howard government's emphasis on skilled immigration did FDI return and unemployment fell to 3.7% in early 2007 even as post 9/11 restrictions kept the US unemployment level high. Finally, let us look at two countries with high skilled migration..Singapore and Hong Kong. Both have low unemployment...the former near 2%. Why? Foreign Direct Investment goes to countries with larger skilled migration and more jobs are created employing anyone who wants a job. Under the worst case scenario the Singapore unemployment is expected to rise to between 3.5 and 4% during this recession.

    By not studying these issues, economists specializing in trade and investment have abdicated their responsibility and left a huge vaccum...a vaccum filled by the likes of Borjas, Briggs among others who still believe that we live in a closed economy...and folks at CIS and FAIR use this to hide their racist agenda!
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