Report Finds Increase in Unmet Basic Needs in Immigrant Families

A new report released by the Urban Institute explores how the economic challenges surrounding the COVID-19 crisis are disproportionately affecting many immigrant families across the US. The report also provides perspectives of organizations that serve these families as well as what federal, state, and local response efforts have and have not done to support immigrant families in this crisis.

The Urban Institute partnered with National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) to gather information on the national immigrant-serving field during the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis (May to June 2020). They also analyzed grant materials submitted by organizations in late April 2020 and fielded an online survey to applicants in early June to capture what was happening.

The report finds that because of the economic crisis, organizations across the country are seeing an increase in unmet basic needs, such as cash, food, and housing, in the immigrant communities they serve.