With the generation of baby boomers poised to retire en masse, the United States will need a steady stream of immigrants to keep its workforce growing for decades to come, according to a report from the Pew Research Center.
According to the Pew Research Center, without immigrants, the working population - which is between the ages of 25 and 64 - could fall from 173.2 million in 2015 to 165.6 million in 2035. But if the numbers of both legal and undocumented immigrants remain Still, Pew projects the number of working-age workers could rise to 183.2 million by 2035.
The new arrival of immigrants would generate that profit, say the researchers.
This is because the largest portion of the working population - people born in the United States to parents who were also born here - is shrinking. According to Pew, this segment of the workforce is expected to fall from 128.3 million people in 2015 to 120.1 million in 2035. US-born workers will go from representing 74% of the workforce to just 66%.
That is predominantly due to the fact that baby boomers are exiting the workforce; the youngest of them will be 65 in 2030. The Pew also cites the low birth rate as a factor.