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Justin Fox

The U.S. Is a Low-Immigration Nation

European countries, and Canada, now welcome far more immigrants as a share of the population.

A child from El Salvador clings to his mother after she turned themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol near Rio Grande City, Texas.

A child from El Salvador clings to his mother after she turned themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol near Rio Grande City, Texas.

Photographer: John Moore/Getty Images

When it comes to immigration, the U.S. stands out in (at least) three big ways:

These observations are all based on a new report on international migration out this morning from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Paris-based club of the world’s affluent democracies. And while I’m a little wary of engaging in a semi-dispassionate discussion of immigration data during a week in which President Donald Trump’s policy to deter illegal border crossings by separating young children from their unauthorized-immigrant parents has sparked justifiable moral outrage, it does seem like useful context.