St. Louis Federal Reserve: Patterns in District Differ from the Nation's

Immigration has a variety of economic effects on a nation. For example, immigrants may provide employers with cheaper or more-skilled labor than what the native population provides, which makes the host nation more competitive in its export markets. Domestic consumers may benefit from lower prices due to greater production efficiencies. On the negative side, immigration may lead to overcrowding of cities and may cause public services to be stretched thin. On balance, if the positives outweigh the negatives, then immigration is viewed favorably by a host nation.

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