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Mudrazija and Ayala Examine Public Benefit Use for Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Older Immigrants

Posted: 1/12/2024 (CSDE Research)

CSDE Affiliate Dr. Stipica Mudrazija (Health Systems and Population Health) and CSDE research scientist Dr. Sofia Ayala  released their research in Public Policy & Aging Report, titled “Public Benefits Use for Hispanic and non-Hispanic Older Immigrants in the United States“. They describe trends in the receipt of public support for older immigrants in the United States and document any potential systemic change that may have happened over the last two decades. Older immigrants mostly receive fewer benefits than nonimmigrants, even without accounting for differences in their socioeconomic and health profiles. There is a long-term trend of declining use of public benefits by older immigrants relative to nonimmigrants, and the magnitude of this decline is much more pronounced for Hispanic than non-Hispanic immigrants. The findings suggest that older immigrants are not a disproportionate burden on the U.S. welfare system.

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