New Report Suggests Immigrants and Their U.S.-Born Children Will Be Integral in Meeting Growing U.S. Workforce Needs

A new study by the Migration Policy Institute that examines the needs of the United States workforce suggests immigrants and their U.S. born children will play a pivotal role in the labor market going forward.

The key findings of the study found that U.S. demand for well-educated workers who have a post-secondary education will continue to grow in the next decade. But with U.S. birthrates declining, immigrants and their children are well positioned to be a major component of the future labor market.

The U.S. workforce is already beginning to reflect this projection as the study found that immigrants and their children accounted for the entire growth of the prime working-age population (25-54) between 2000 and 2023, a population that would have shrunk if it relied solely on U.S. birthrates.

The report titled, “How Immigrants and their U.S.-Born Children Fit into the Future U.S. Labor Market” also examines the projected educational demands of future U.S. jobs and how well the education and training of today’s workers meets those demands. 

Despite the growing animosity of immigrants in the United States the study suggests that ultimately, the U.S. workforce will not only need them to keep up with the demands of a diversifying workforce but will thrive with their inclusion. As the study also found that the U.S. job market will begin to demand a higher education level and skill-set for workers. Among immigrants who recently arrived to the United States over 41 percent held a bachelors degree or higher.

You can read a summary of the study at the link below.