Cleveland Fed researcher finds labor-market skills of foreign-born workers have improved
Various measures of the labor-market skills of foreign-born workers in the US have improved during the past decade, finds Cleveland Fed researcher Rubén Hernández-Murillo.
The largest gains appear to be concentrated in the immigrant population from Mexico. The reason for this improvement, however, seems to be associated with a dramatic decline in the flow of immigrants from Mexico during the past decade.
Hernández-Murillo says that the decline in immigration from Mexico appears to have been a response primarily to two factors: “A decline in US demand for Mexican workers following the Great Recession and the increase in border enforcement during the past two decades.”
An improvement in basic measures of labor-market skills is of considerable importance because such skills facilitate the assimilation of foreign-born workers into the US workforce, especially as aging or retiring native-born workers continue to exit the workforce.
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