Immigrant Workers and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Date of Publication: 
April, 2021
Source Organization: 
Institute for Immigration Research

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, workers in certain industries in the United States have been critical to keeping the country's residents healthy and safe, and keeping the economy open. Many of these workers have endured difficult and dangerous conditions, working in close proximity to each other and to the public, and have been especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus.

Many of these workers, often dubbed "essential workers," are foreign born. In fact, immigrant workers have been important during the pandemic, and will continue to play a key role in rebuilding the economy post-pandemic.

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IIR (2021, April). Immigrant Workers and the COVID-19 Pandemic. Institute for Immigration Research.