U.S. Unauthorized Immigrant Total Dips to Lowest Level in a Decade

Jeffrey S. Passel & D'Vera Cohn
Date of Publication: 
November, 2018
Source Organization: 
Pew Research Center

This report from the Pew Research Center, based on an analysis of Census and other data, provides a broad range of information on the size and demographic characteristics of the undocumented population as of 2016. The authors compare their estimates to those in a report produced in 2007. Since 2007, the undocumented population has shrunk somewhat, from 12.2 million in 2007 to 10.7 million in 2016. Estimates are provided for the average number of new arrivals and where they come from; the median U.S. residency of undocumented immigrants (now 14.8 years); the number of children in households with at least one undocumented parent; the top birth countries of the undocumented; states with the largest populations of undocumented immigrants and how these populations have changed since 2007; the number of these immigrants in the U.S. workforce, as well as the percentage of the U.S. workforce (4.8) that is undocumented; and occupations with the largest concentrations of undocumented immigrants. The report includes a detailed explanation of Pew’s methodology, and more than 20 pages of appendices with maps and tables. (Maurice Belanger, Maurice Belanger Consulting)

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Passel, J. S. & Cohn, D. (2018). U.S. Unauthorized Immigrant Total Dips to Lowest Level in a Decade. Pew Research Center. Retrieved from https://www.pewresearch.org/race-and-ethnicity/2018/11/27/u-s-unauthorized-immigrant-total-dips-to-lowest-level-in-a-decade/