Mexican Immigration in the Midwest: Meanings and Implications


On April 28, 2009, The Chicago Council released a report, “Mexican Immigration in the Midwest: Meanings and Implications,” the first issue in its Heartland Paper series. The report explains that the Midwest region’s future economic growth may greatly depend on immigration reform. 

Mexican immigrants contribute significantly to population growth in many Midwestern locations currently suffering population loss and are an important source for an increasing number of job openings for unskilled workers, according to the report authored by Rob Paral, research fellow at the Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Law Foundation and the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies. The report describes major demographic and socioeconomic features of Mexican immigration across the eight-state Midwest region and reveals a wide range of information on Midwestern Mexican immigrants that has never before been published.

The Heartland Paper series addresses issues about how best to respond to the effects of globalization and provide policy recommendations to improve regional success. These in-depth reports of original research are published as part of the Council's Global Midwest Initiative, a regional effort to promote interstate dialogue between government, business, and civic leaders.

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