Immigration Has Added 43 Million to U.S. Since 1990

Immigration or Invasión?

A new analysis of government data from the Center for Immigration Studies shows that immigration between 1990 and 2017 added nearly 43 million people to the population — including both immigrants and their progeny. However, it had a minimal impact on the share of the population that is of working age.

This is because immigration added to both the working-age population and to those outside of the working-age population in nearly equal proportions. The analysis also finds that post-1990 immigration has had a somewhat larger impact on the ratio of workers to retirees. However, raising the retirement age by one year has as large an impact on the ratio as do the nearly 43 million post-1990.

Steven Camarota, the Center’s director of research and co-author of the report, said, “Looking at the large and relatively young population of post-1990 immigrants and their progeny is a good test of the often cited argument that immigration can solve the problem of America getting older. However, this analysis demonstrates something researchers have long known: Immigration can add a lot of people to the population – but it is no fix for an aging society.”

View the full report HERE

Published by the Center for Immigration Studies ~ July 16, 2019

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