Editorial: Migration costs


  • Martha W. Rees Sociology & Anthropology, Agnes Scott College, Decatur




migration costs, transnational mobility


Much has been written about the costs—and benefits--of migration--in terms of the costs to the US (or receiving regions) and of the benefits to migrants. Massey (2005) concludes that because (Mexican) immigrants pay taxes, they are not a drain on public services. In fact, migrants are less likely to use public services, and pay taxes for services they don’t use. Almost two-thirds have Social Security taxes withheld, only 10% have sent a child to public schools, and under 5% or have used food stamps, welfare, or unemployment compensation. They also pay sales taxes. In terms of criminality, Rumbaut and Ewing (2007) refute the myth that migrants bring crime. They find that Mexican immigrant men have a lower rate of incarceration (0.7%) than US born Latinos (5.9%) or for US born males (3.5%).


How to Cite

Rees, M. W. (2009). Editorial: Migration costs. Migration Letters, 6(1), 1–2. https://doi.org/10.59670/ml.v6i1.81