The Ethics of Immigration and Economic Recovery

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Executive Summary
While restricting the movement of people to limit the spread of a pandemic may be justified in the short run, long-term restrictions on immigration will only make economic recovery more difficult. The author suggests that relaxing immigration will help supply the labor, innovation, and investment needed to recover from the current economic downturn.

This essay is part of a symposium on immigration and economic recovery after COVID-19. We asked leading economists and immigration scholars from a diverse set of perspectives, “With the COVID-19 crisis fueling increased calls to create an insular world with fewer immigrants and less trade between countries, we risk both our short-term recovery and long-term economic growth. What should civil society and policymakers do now, or as the medical emergency subsides, to ensure that economies stay open and connected?”

The goal of this symposium is to offer policy solutions that will help the U.S. recover faster and emerge economically stronger than ever.

The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University or the views of Utah State University.


This scholarship is part of the Chapman University COVID-19 Archives.

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