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FL ‘Underground Economy’ Strengthened When Illegal Immigrants Are Hurt at Work


By Phil Yacuboski

This is the next article in's “Undocumented, and Unprotected?” series, as our writers explore what is it like to be an undocumented worker in the U.S., and what it means regarding workers' compensation.


Tallahassee, FL ( – In South Florida, you’ll find nearly a half-million illegal immigrants, according to data compiled by the Pew Research Center. In Miami, there are roughly 55,000 alone and the area ranks fifth in the nation when it comes to illegal immigrant populations, with many of them from Cuba. The high numbers of undocumented workers have made workers’ compensation cases difficult, according to those familiar with the process.<...

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