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Type Working Paper
Title The Rise of Low-Skill Immigration in the South
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2004
URL http://uknowledge.uky.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1091&context=ukcpr_papers
The 1990s witnessed a significant geographic redistribution of immigration away from
the traditional immigrant-receiving states, mainly California, and towards other parts of the
country, mainly the Southern states that have not historically been immigrant-receiving states.
This paper documents the impact of this change in immigrant settlement patterns on the skill
endowment of the workforce in Southern states. The empirical analysis indicates that the recent
change in immigrant settlement patterns led to the rise of a sizable foreign-born low-skill
workforce in the South, particularly outside Florida and Texas. This workforce developed both
as a result of increased settlement of many newly arrived low-skill immigrants in those states,
and increased internal migration of low-skill immigrants from the non-South to the South.

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