Immigration and Foreign-Born Students

Michael Amiridis, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago; Ujjwal Gupta, Cofounder and COO, BenchPrep; Giovanni Peri, Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, University of California, Davis; Ellen Rudnick, Executive Director, Michael P. Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Moderated by Natasha Korecki.

Immigration And Foreign Born Students by The Chicago Council


Boasting many of the world’s top universities, the United States is a magnet for talented students from across the globe. As graduates, these students are an enviable asset to the economy, adding critical knowledge and skills to the workforce and boosting productivity. But current US immigration laws limit the avenues in which international and undocumented students can transition to employment in the United States after graduation. Join Giovanni Peri, author of a new Council report on the economic impact of retaining US-educated foreign-born students in local economies, and a panel of experts as they discuss the challenges presented by current immigration laws and offer recommendations to maximize the contributions of this talent.

Copies of the report will be available at the event.

Generous support for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ immigration studies is provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.



Speaker Bio


Foreign-Born College Students: How Much Should They Contribute to the US Economy?
Gaetano Basso and Giovanni Peri, 02/25/2016

New Evidence on Immigrants and Jobs
Giovanni Peri and Vasil Yasenov, The Wall Street Journal, 01/18/2016

Debunking the Myth of the Job-Stealing Immigrant
Adam Davidson, The New York Times Magazine, 03/24/2015

Do Immigrant Workers Depress the Wages of Native Workers?
Giovanni Peri, May 2014



11:45 a.m.          
Registration and lunch

12:15 p.m.         
Presentation and discussion

1:15 p.m.            

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