Location Decisions of Undocumented Migrants in the United States

Title: Location Decisions of Undocumented Migrants in the United States
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: July 2014

Many states have experienced a large influx of undocumented migrants in recent years. It has resulted in contentious debates regarding the burdens and benefits of their presence in the U.S. and in individual states and the need for comprehensive immigration reform. This research examines factors that influence the location decisions of undocumented migrants in the U.S. Greater economic opportunities, the existence of migrant networks, and the share of agriculture, accommodation, and food services sectors in the Gross State Product have a positive and significant impact on percentage of undocumented migrants at the state level. Undocumented migrants also appear to locate in states with policies that foster greater individual freedoms. The evidence of clustering of undocumented migrants in states with large migrant networks could pose challenges for states trying to regulate the size of their undocumented migrant population.

Ivan Allen College Contributors:

Nair-Reichert, Usha. "Location Decisions of Undocumented Migrants in the United States." Journal of Regional and Policy Analysis 44.2 (2014):  157-165.

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