Immigration Law

Bad News for Nativists: Immigrants Less Likely to Consume Welfare Benefits than Americans

Alex Nowrasteh and Robert Orr, May 10, 2018 - "Overall, immigrants are less likely to consume welfare benefits and, when they do, they generally consume a lower dollar value of benefits than native-born Americans. Immigrants who meet the eligibility thresholds of age for the entitlement programs or poverty for the means-tested welfare programs generally have lower use rates and consume a lower dollar value relative to native-born Americans. The per capita cost of providing welfare to immigrants is substantially less than the per capita cost of providing welfare to native-born Americans."