No Relationship Between Notifiable Diseases and Immigrant Populations

Alex Nowrasteh and Andrew C. Forrester
Date of Publication: 
April, 2020
Source Organization: 
Cato Institute

The international spread of the SARS‐​CoV‐​2 virus that causes the disease COVID-19 has prompted many governments to close their borders. Immigration policy plays an important role in limiting the international spread of contagious diseases.

Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, several commentators were concerned that immigrants – especially illegal immigrants – were spreading serious diseases in the United States. This blog post is the first in a series to answer the question of whether immigrants spread serious notifiable diseases other than COVID-19 in the United States. This post focuses on all pooled notifiable diseases for which there are vaccination requirements to enter the United States.

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Nowrasteh, A., & Forrester, A. (2020, April 13). No relationship between notifiable diseases and immigrant populations. Cato Institute.