Poverty and Immigration in the U.S. and Abroad

The incomes of American households at the low end of the distribution aren’t especially high, and haven’t increased much, when compared to those of their counterparts in other rich nations. But perhaps this is an unfair comparison. After all, hasn’t the United States absorbed a much larger flow of immigrants than any other affluent country?

Actually, as the following chart shows, we’re not exceptional in this regard.

Does the U.S. have more of the type of immigrants most likely to struggle in the labor market — those with limited education? Again no. As this next chart indicates, here too we’re in the middle of the pack.

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About Lane Kenworthy 36 Articles

Affiliation: University of Arizona

Lane Kenworthy is a Professor of Sociology and Political Science University of Arizona.

He studies the causes and consequences of poverty, inequality, mobility, employment, economic growth, and social policy in the United States and other affluent countries.

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1 Comment on Poverty and Immigration in the U.S. and Abroad

  1. For those who may be interested, there is a petition online that will be directed to the Governors of all 50 states, for the citizens of this country to assist in the detention and deportation of all Illegal Aliens present in our country.

    Please read the petition, sign it if you wish, but most importantly, please copy the URL and email it to everyone on your contacts list.

    Once the petition has been active for at least 3 months, all of the names of the people from your respective state will be forwarded to the Governor of your state.

    The action in the petition would be valid for only 2 years.


    Please remember, the Republicans have taken over the House of Representatives and have promised the enforcement of our current immigration laws.

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