Immigrants on the Healthcare Frontlines: A Look at Local Data
With pressure mounting on healthcare systems across the United States due to the coronavirus outbreak, it has been the country’s larger population centers that have been especially hard hit. Cities are experiencing or anticipating severe shortages of healthcare workers and in many cases, immigrants are helping to fill those gaps. While immigrants make up 16.4 percent of all workers in the healthcare industry nationally, they make up nearly twice this share in the largest 15 metro areas in the United States. For example, in the current epicenter of coronavirus outbreak, the New York City metropolitan area, 41.8 percent of all healthcare workers—or more than 480,000 healthcare workers—are immigrants.
New American Economy. (2020, April 16). Immigrants on the Healthcare Frontlines: A Look at Local Data. https://research.newamericaneconomy.org/report/immigrants-healthcare-metros/