Immigration to the United States: Recent Trends and Future Prospects

  • Charles Hirschman University of Washington


Almost 13 per cent of the American population is foreign born, and if the children of the foreign born are included, about 1 in 4 Americans can be counted as part of the recent immigrant community. Although there is lingering prejudice and popular fears of immigrants, there is growing evidence that, on balance, immigrants make a positive contribution to the American economy and society. There is little evidence that immigrants have an adverse impact on the wages and employment of native born Americans. Moreover, immigrants and their children are disproportionately represented in a broad variety of scientific and cultural fields.

Author Biography

Charles Hirschman, University of Washington

Department of Sociology and Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, University of Washington

How to Cite
HIRSCHMAN, Charles. Immigration to the United States: Recent Trends and Future Prospects. Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies, [S.l.], v. 51, n. 1, p. 69-85, june 2017. ISSN 1511-4554. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 21 july 2018.