Do Immigrants Work In Riskier Jobs?

Author: Pia M. Orrenius
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Keywords: jobs, riskier, work, immigrants
Number of Pages: 28
Published: 2010-02
ISBN-10: 1437924336
ISBN-13: 9781437924336

Book Description:

Recent reports suggest that immigrants are more likely to hold jobs with worse working conditions than U.S.-born workers, perhaps because immigrants work in jobs that ⿿natives don⿿t want.⿿ Despite this widespread view, earlier studies have not found immigrants to be in riskier jobs than natives. This study combines individual-level data from the 2003⿿2005 American Community Survey on work-related injuries and fatalities to take a fresh look at whether foreign-born workers are employed in more dangerous jobs. The results indicate that immigrants are in fact more likely to work in risky jobs than U.S.-born workers, partly due to differences in average characteristics, such as immigrants⿿ lower English language ability and educational attainment. Illus.

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