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Norman Matloff speaks Chinese and has been immersed in the Chinese immigrant community for 20 years. His articles here, describing welfare use by elderly Chinese immigrants, are based on the 1990 Census data, as well as interviews conducted with Chinese immigrants and community workers.

A RAND Corporation report presents a comparative analysis of several prominent fiscal-impact studies.

Analysts Michael Fix and Jeffrey Passel of the Urban Institute, headquartered in Washington, DC, have produced a number of publications on immigration, especially for pro-immigration government officials and ethnic political organizations, such as the Organization of Chinese Americans. In their work here, published in the journal Public Welfare, the authors argue that though overall welfare usage rates among immigrants are higher than among native-borns, the effect is not uniform, with the main problems being with refugees and elderly immigrants.

Michael Fix's 1996 Senate testimony is more policy-oriented, less statistical, than the Public Welfare article.

The General Accounting Office's report presents some statistics on welfare use by legal permanent residents.

Don Barnett, who has lived in Russia, speaks Russian and is closely tied to the Russian immigrant community in the U.S., speaks about welfare problems associated with refugees.

Frank Bean's study for the Tomas Rivera Center finds that many Latino immigrants are poor but stay off welfare.

A look at some people who would be affected if immigrants were to become ineligible for welfare.

Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation proposes that the elderly be allowed "permanent visitor" status in the U.S. but not be allowed to formally immigrate. This article appeared in the February 23, 1996 issue of the Wall Street Journal.

A RAND Corp. study looks at tax revenues paid by immigrants of various nationalities.

A study by the Public Policy Institute of California.

A CEIP overview of research on immigrant use of welfare.