Immigration is central to the growth and identity of the Hispanic population. Almost all of the project's research, regardless of topic, includes separate tabulations of data for U.S.-born and foreign-born Hispanics. Research on immigration focuses on the unauthorized population, overall trends in immigration and public attitudes towards immigrants and immigration policy.

Also see our statistical portraits, state and county databases, demographic profiles and Census 2010 tables for data on the characteristics of the Latino and foreign-born populations in the United States.

Dec. 15, 2005

The Occupational Status and Mobility of Hispanics

Hispanics and whites perform different types of work in the labor market. Moreover, the occupational divide between the two largest segments of the labor force appears to be widening.

Dec. 6, 2005

Survey of Mexican Migrants, Part Three

The vast majority of undocumented migrants from Mexico were gainfully employed before they left for the United States. Thus, failure to find work at home does not seem to be the primary reason that the estimated 6.3 million undocumented migrants from Mexico have come to the U.S.

Nov. 1, 2005

The Higher Drop-Out Rate of Foreign-Born Teens

The Role of Schooling Abroad

Sep. 27, 2005

Rise, Peak and Decline: Trends in U.S. Immigration 1992 – 2004

The number of migrants coming to the United States each year, legally and illegally, grew very rapidly starting in the mid-1990s, hit a peak at the end of the decade, and then declined substantially after 2001.

Aug. 16, 2005

Attitudes toward Immigrants and Immigration Policy: Surveys among Latinos in the U.S. and in Mexico

A survey of U.S. Latinos shows that views are not unanimous on unauthorized migrants and U.S. policy toward them.

Jul. 26, 2005

The New Latino South: The Context and Consequences of Rapid Population Growth

The Hispanic population is growing faster in much of the South than anywhere else in the United States.

Jun. 14, 2005

Unauthorized Migrants: Numbers and Characteristics

Most of the unauthorized population lives in families, a quarter has at least some college education and illegal workers can be found in many sectors of the US economy.

May. 2, 2005

Latino Labor Report, 2004

Hispanic workers enjoyed significant gains in employment in 2004. But the concentration of Latinos in relatively low-skill occupations contributed to reduced earnings for them for the second year in a row.

Mar. 21, 2005

Estimates of the Size and Characteristics of the Undocumented Population

The undocumented population of the US now numbers nearly 11 million people, including more than 6 million Mexicans according to new estimates based on the most recent official data available.

Mar. 14, 2005

Survey of Mexican Migrants, Part Two

Attitudes about Voting in Mexican Elections and Ties to Mexico