Immigration

Documenting the lives of agricultural workers

The National Agricultural Workers Survey—or NAWS—is one of the only federal surveys that asks immigrants about their visa status and work authorization.

For the past 25 years, JBS has interviewed more than 50,000 migrant and seasonal farmworkers using sampling and interviewing techniques to obtain sensitive information from a population that defined the term hard-to-survey.

NAWS data are used to estimate the number of unauthorized immigrant farmworker. JBS combines these data with family and household information to provide federal agencies with critical information for analyzing immigration policies and simulating the impacts of proposed legislation.

NAWS data provide up-to-date information on emerging trends in U.S. immigrant populations. For example, for several years JBS has tracked indigenous Mexicans who first appeared in U.S. farm work in Florida but are now found in high concentrations in urban and rural areas in San Diego County in California, south Florida, and western Oregon.

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