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COVID-19 and the Great Resignation: Immigration Policy and the U.S. Labor Market

United States Census data demonstrates that immigration has dropped sharply in the last few years, and the declines have had real impacts on available workers in the U.S. labor market. According to recent Census data, net international migration into the U.S. was one-quarter of what it was in 2016. In a normal year, the U.S. welcomes roughly 1 million immigrants, and roughly three-quarters end up participating in the labor force. In 2020, that number dropped to about 263,000.

The U.S. immigration system requires employers to follow applicable laws and regulations, but what can employers do to advocate for the system to reflect the actual labor market demand? This webinar discusses the ongoing labor shortage, 2020 Census data and how the labor shortage is directly tied to migration patterns and immigration policies. Topics include the current state of affairs with a focus on healthcare workers, what every employer needs to know about the employment immigration process, and how employers can advocate for relief through additional employment-based programs.



  • Jonathan Grode, U.S. Practice Director (Managing Partner), Green and Spiegel LLC

Joint Sponsor: ABA Commission on Immigration


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