In general latin american immigrants are much more likely to be undocumented with figures of 66 percent for those from guatemala 60 percent from mexico 54 percent from brazil 50 percent from el salvador and 41 percent from ecuador compared with just 13 percent for china 23 percent for korea and 12 percent across all other countries. Economic and demographic disparities will shape the mobility of labor and skills during the 21st century the populations of richer societies are aging rapidly while working age populations continue to grow in some emerging economies and most low income countries despite these trends many countries continue to assume that todays demographic realities will persist. The 20th century began with the country in the midst of the greatest wave of immigration in its history the century ended in the midst of another period of high immigration greater in numerical terms but smaller in its relative impact than the immigration of 100 years earlier. We hear the saying we are a nation of immigrants often historically this was true up to the 20th century it was to our advantage to import many people from several different countries and . Welcome to the inaugural issue of peregrine edward lazear my colleague at the hoover institution and co chair of the conte initiative on immigration reform and i have been working on innovative new ways to enhance the debate over immigration policy in the united states we believe there are many more good ideas than the mainstream political dialogue has considered and it is our hope that
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