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The Immigrant Population and Economic Competitiveness in the United States

Immigration policy in America has stymied over illegal immigration, but a much more significant aspect of the debate is emerging over how immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy. A new Metropolitan Policy report reveals that our immigrant worker population is becoming more educated and more skilled. Audrey Singer, co-author of the study, says our nation’s economic competitiveness depends on how well we support both low-skilled and high-skilled immigrant workers.

  • Audrey Singer is a senior fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. Her areas of expertise include demography, international migration, U.S. immigration policy, and urban and metropolitan change. She has written extensively on U.S. immigration trends, including immigrant integration, undocumented migration, naturalization and citizenship, and the changing racial and ethnic composition of the United States.