In this video, economist Giovanni Peri discusses how providing legal status could help lift immigrants in the U.S. out of poverty. Immigrants, he says, often take jobs that pay relatively little and are at a high risk of living in poverty at least for the first generation. While some argue that immigrants take jobs from native workers, Peri’s research finds that in fact immigrant workers push native workers higher up on the wage ladder.
Peri is Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at UC Davis and a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Poverty Research. He leads the interdisciplinary Temporary Migration Cluster, a research network convened to develop innovative multi-disciplinary research on international migration.