William Frey

An internationally known demographer, Bill Frey specializes in issues involving urban populations, migration, immigration, race, aging, political demographics, and the U.S. Census. He is also a research professor in population studies at the University of Michigan. | View Full Bio

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  • In the News

    This pushback about undocumented immigration which tends to dominate political debates put to the backburner a more rational discussion about immigration policy. We are going to have to have a reasonable flow of immigration to the US to keep our labour force robust.

    September 28, 2015, William H. Frey, Financial Times
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    Chicago was the big magnet (for blacks) for many, many decades, moving out of the South in the first part of the 20th century... But in the last 25 years, blacks have been leaving the North, as jobs are not as plentiful as they once were, and the South is more palatable to blacks because of civil rights changes.

    September 25, 2015, William H. Frey, Chicago Tribune
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    We know that the baby boom has changed the country in lots of ways – popular culture, changing values about all kinds of social issues, families, women’s roles and politics.  And I think this diversity boom is going to have just as big of an impact.  We’ll be a very different country and we’re only just beginning to see the start of it.

    July 27, 2015, William H. Frey, Voice of America
  • In the News

    The cultural generation gap is not just politics, it has to do with social distance between the older and younger generations.

    April 16, 2015, William H. Frey, Vox
  • In the News

    Migration both into and across the U.S. is still being weighed down by the recession.

    October 7, 2014, William H. Frey, USA Today
  • In the News

    Baby boomers are more educated and probably more entrepreneurial than earlier generations.

    January 8, 2014, William H. Frey, Bloomberg
  • In the News

    Typically, we're a nation of mobility. We have one of the highest migration rates in the world, and it's been very important to keep our economy fueled.

    August 29, 2013, William H. Frey, MSN Money
  • In the News

    More so than ever, we need to recognize the importance of young minorities for the growth and vitality of our labor force and economy.

    June 13, 2013, William H. Frey, The Associated Press
  • In the News

    More than 70 percent of today's baby boomers and seniors are white, and they grew up during a time when the nation's minority population was relatively small and consisted mainly of African Americans. By contrast, 40 percent of those under age 35 belong to minority groups. They have grown up during a period when racial mingling is the norm at school, work, social occasions and houses of worship.

    March 14, 2013, William H. Frey, Phys.org

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