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January 2018

SB 54: California Values Act

California had about 2.4 million unauthorized foreigners in 2015, down from a peak 2.7 million in 2007 and up from 1.5 million in 1990. Unauthorized foreigners have been spreading out to other states, and California's share has been falling. California had 21 percent of the 11.1 million unauthorized foreigners the US in 2015, down from 43 percent of 3.5 million in 1990.

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Temp Firms and Occupational Sorting

Five of the world's largest private employers are outsourcing firms that provide workers and/or services to other firms, led by Ranstad, a Dutch temp agency with 660,000 workers. UK-based G4S and Compass Group each have about 560,000 employees, and US-based Accenture and Danish-based ISS AS each have about 430,000 employees. Walmart is the world's largest employer, with 2.3 million workers in 2017.

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UN: 258 million international migrants in 2017

The UN reported 258 million international migrants in 2017, so that 3.4 percent of the world's people lived in another country at least a year. The number of international migrants rose 10 million from 248 million in 2015, and is up 50 percent from 173 million in 2000. Almost 75 percent of international migrants are of prime working age, 20-64 years old, compared with 54 percent of the world's people. Men were 52 percent of the migrant stock in 2017 and women 48 percent.

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Migrants in Developing Countries

The OECD collaborated with the ILO to examine the impacts of labor migration in ten developing countries, from Argentina to Thailand. The overall conclusion is that migrant workers have small positive impacts on the labor markets, economic growth prospects, and public finances of their host countries.

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UNSG: Making Migration Work for All

The UN Secretary General released a report in December 2017 that laid out four "considerations" to guide governments negotiating a Global Compact for "safe, orderly, and regular" Migration. The GCM, to be signed by governments in Fall 2018, should maximize migration's benefits, increase labor migration, reduce illegal migration and protect migrant rights, and ensure that people migrate out of choice rather than necessity.

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