Immigration in a Changing Economy

California’s Experience — Questions and Answers

by Kevin F. McCarthy, Georges Vernez


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Steadily increasing immigration to California over the past thirty years has profoundly affected the state. Some observers of these changes see the extreme diversity of California's population as the harbinger of where the nation is headed in the long term. Others see California as the symbol of a major backlash against immigrants and immigration. How has California benefited from immigration? What impact have immigrants had on the state's job market? How have they affected the demand for federal and state services? What has been their education and economic progress since their arrival? This book summarizes the findings of a comprehensive study fully documented in Immigration in a Changing Economy: California's Experience, by Kevin F. McCarthy and Georges Vernez. Using a question-and-answer framework, it discusses the impact immigration has had on the state's demography, economy, people, and institutions, drawing lessons for California's future as well as for other states and the nation.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    California Is a Test Case for National Immigration Policy

  • Chapter Two

    Care Must Be Taken in Generalizing About Immigration

  • Chapter Three

    Immigration Has Changed the Face of California's Population

  • Chapter Four

    The Success of Immigrants Increasingly Depends on Their Education

  • Chapter Five

    Immigrants Increasingly Occupy the Bottom of the Labor Market

  • Chapter Six

    Immigration Has Contributed to California's Economic Growth

  • Chapter Seven

    Immigration Has Adversely Affected Some Low-Skilled Workers — Both Native and Immigrant

  • Chapter Eight

    Immigrants Have Contributed to the Increased Demand for Public Services

  • Chapter Nine

    Immigration Policies Should Be More Flexible and Encourage the Integration of Immigrants

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