Access to Higher Public Education and Location Choices of Undocumented Migrants: An Exploratory Analysis

Title: Access to Higher Public Education and Location Choices of Undocumented Migrants: An Exploratory Analysis
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: May 2015
Description:

Many states have experienced a large influx of undocumented migrants in recent years. This phenomenon has created new demands on higher educational systems at the state level. Some states have passed legislation to restrict the access of undocumented migrants to higher public education whereas others provide access in various forms including in-state tuition. Our research examines a related issue that has not been researched much, namely, the impact of educational access on the location decisions of undocumented migrants in the U.S. Undocumented migrants appear to locate in states with high average median real per capita incomes. There is also evidence of clustering of undocumented migrants in states with large migrant networks. The effect of educational access on the percentage of undocumented workers in a state is mixed and small in most specifications, a finding perhaps indicative of a trade-off between competing priorities in the choice of location.

Ivan Allen College Contributors:
External Contributors: Richard J. Cebula
Citation:

Nair-Reichert, Usha, and Richard J. Cebula. "Access to Higher Public Education and Location Choices of Undocumented Migrants: An Exploratory Analysis." International Advances in Economic Research 21.2 (2015):  189-199.

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  • Policy Analysis
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