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How is immigration affecting the country Immigration is the main reason for US population growth Based on the current rate of immigration US population will increase substantially increase by 2050 and 65 of this growth will be either the direct or indirect effect of immigration Imigration will significantly affect the ethnic make-up of the population Whether these trends are positives or negatives is the subject of a national debate The debate centers around these themes Advantages of immigration h Greater supply of unskilled workers Studies have indicated that because most immigrants occupy low-paying low-skill jobs their presence is complementary Because of their contributions the overall economy is stronger and the wage level and standard of living of most native workers is higher than would exist if they were not present In particular the high concentration of undocumented workers in the agricultural industry keep food prices relatively low h A younger workforce The ratio of retired persons to workers will dramatically increase in coming decades which will require significant adjustments in the Social Security system Immigrants and their children tend to be younger than natives As a result continued or greater immigration will slow the increase of this important ratio h Skilled workers in needed sectors Immigrants who arrive under the employment preference category often are employed in occupations which are important For example 20 of US doctors are foreign born But critics of immigration policy note that this is because the supply of native doctors is kept artificially low and that these doctors are probably even more essential to their native countries
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