More immigrants in America’s cities do white-collar, than blue-collar, jobs

Americans are inclined to welcome upper-tier immigrants

17th April 2010: Success stories of immigrants are not limited to the UK shore.

Compared to lower-wage works like construction, manufacturing or cleaning, more immigrants are into white-collar jobs in America — at least this is what a new analysis of census data reveals.

A perusal of the data is more than half of the working immigrants in St. Louis area are into high-paying white-collar jobs. They are working as professionals, technicians and even administrators.

And St. Louis is not the only place where immigrants are doing well. Out of 25 largest metropolitan areas, in 14 more immigrants have taken up white-collar occupations, rather than lower-paying blue-collar and service jobs. The areas include Boston, New York and San Francisco.

As many as 25 million immigrants live in the country’s largest metropolitan areas, which comes out to be about two-thirds of all immigrants in the country. These immigrants putting up in the country’s largest metropolitan areas are nearly evenly distributed across the job and income spectrum.

The data goes a long way to prove incorrect the general perception that with low-wage foreign laborers have flooded the United Stated in the last two decades.

The director for immigration research at the Fiscal Policy Institute, David Dyssegaard Kallick, says the United States is getting a more varied and economically important flow of immigrants than the public seems to realize.

The nonpartisan group in New York conducted the data analysis for The New York Times.

A political scientist at M.I.T, Jens Hainmueller, says Americans, whether rich or poor, are in favor of high-skilled immigrants.

Hainmueller is also co-author of a survey of attitudes toward immigration with Michael J. Hiscox, professor of government at Harvard.

While more than 60 per cent of Americans are opposed to more low-skilled foreign laborers, the Americans are inclined to welcome upper-tier immigrants, as they contribute to economic growth without burdening public services, the study found.


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