Saturday, January 25, 2014
Immigration Article of the Day: Undocumented Immigrants and the Welfare State: The Case of Regional Migration and U.S. Agricultural Labor by Anita Alves Pena
Undocumented Immigrants and the Welfare State: The Case of Regional Migration and U.S. Agricultural Labor by Anita Alves Pena, Colorado State University January 2014 Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 54, Issue 1, pp. 96-113, 2014
Abstract: A common perception is that immigrants, including illegal immigrants, use disproportionate public aid and select locations based on characteristics of services offered. This paper asks to what extent geographic clustering of undocumented immigrant agricultural laborers in the U.S. is correlated with take‐up of public aid broadly defined. Evidence from a nationally representative farmworker survey does not support welfare migration for undocumented immigrants, who have been previously unidentifiable in the literature. The paper, therefore, challenges existing notions of welfare migration by illegal immigrants that have inspired state‐level public policy initiatives.