Paul McDaniel

Paul McDaniel is the Immigrant Entrepreneur and Innovation Fellow at the Immigration Policy Center. Previously, he served as Project Researcher in the Center for Citizenship and Immigrant Communities at Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC). Prior to his work at CLINIC, Paul was a Researcher at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he worked on several community-based research projects with the Department of Family Medicine at Carolinas Medical Center, Levine Museum of the New South, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Crossroads Charlotte, Latin American Coalition, and Community Building Initiative. He has worked on reports and presentations about immigrant entrepreneurship, immigrant settlement and integration in new immigrant gateways and destinations, immigrant access to education and healthcare, and community receptivity. Paul recently completed his Ph.D. dissertation in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and holds an M.S. in Geography from the University of Tennessee, an M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a B.S. in Geography from Samford University.

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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Launch Over One in Four New Businesses

Written by on June 22, 2015 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
Immigrant Entrepreneurs Launch Over One in Four New Businesses

June is Immigrant Heritage Month in the United States, a celebration of our shared heritage as a nation of immigrants and a time to reflect on how immigrants boost our economy. While immigrants make up around 13 percent of the U.S. population, they play an outsize role in entrepreneurship and business formation relative to their […]

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Immigrants Contribute to North Carolina’s Economic Vitality

Written by on June 18, 2015 in Economics, Integration with 0 Comments
Immigrants Contribute to North Carolina’s Economic Vitality

With one of the highest growth rates for the immigrant population since 1990, there is mounting evidence that North Carolina’s immigrant population is a crucial contributor to the state’s economy. A new report from the North Carolina Justice Center finds that immigrants generate a larger share of economic activity in North Carolina than their share […]

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U.S. Ranks 9th out of 38 Countries in Migrant Integration Policy Index Results

Written by on June 12, 2015 in Integration with 0 Comments
U.S. Ranks 9th out of 38 Countries in Migrant Integration Policy Index Results

Immigration policy analysts released the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) results for the United States recently, including the survey’s implications for immigration and integration policy in the U.S. MIPEX is a tool which measures the immigration and integration policies of 38 countries across 167 indicators in eight policy areas: labor market mobility, family reunification, education, […]

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How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Move the U.S. Economy Forward

Written by on May 6, 2015 in Business, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Move the U.S. Economy Forward

This week, National Small Business Week, which has occurred each year since 1963, recognizes the contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners in the United States. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, which SBA defines as an independent business having […]

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White House Task Force Unveils Federal Immigrant Integration Recommendations

Written by on April 20, 2015 in Administration, Integration with 1 Comment
White House Task Force Unveils Federal Immigrant Integration Recommendations

In cities and states across the country, there has been growing momentum towards building better immigrant and refugee integration programs . Yet there hasn’t been an official federal immigrant integration strategy until now. Last week, the White House Task Force on New Americans—an interagency effort to develop a coordinated federal strategy to better integrate newcomers […]

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How Inaction on Immigration Impacts the Agricultural Economy

Written by on April 1, 2015 in AgWorkers, Economics with 1 Comment
How Inaction on Immigration Impacts the Agricultural Economy

Due to its geographic diversity and natural resource abundance, the United States is one of the world’s leading agricultural producers and suppliers. Indeed, the $374 billion U.S. agriculture sector is critical to the U.S. economy, but its health depends on a functioning immigration system. From migrant workers on farms, to foreign-born scientists at agribusiness and […]

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Charlotte, NC Capitalizing on the Benefits of Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Written by on March 25, 2015 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Integration with 0 Comments
Charlotte, NC Capitalizing on the Benefits of Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Charlotte, North Carolina, like many southern metropolitan areas, has grown rapidly in recent decades. In 2013, when Charlotte declared itself a “welcoming city,” one in ten residents (10.1 percent) in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill metropolitan area were foreign-born, while one-third (32.6 percent) of “Main Street” business owners were foreign-born. “Main Street” businesses are the shops and […]

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How Small Business Immigrant Entrepreneurship Can Boost Economic Growth

Written by on March 11, 2015 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
How Small Business Immigrant Entrepreneurship Can Boost Economic Growth

Why is it important for places and organizations to connect the dots of immigrant entrepreneurship and local neighborhood economic growth? “Wherever you find immigrant growth you’ll find entrepreneurship. Some of the storefront businesses [in Iowa, for example…] would not be there without immigrant entrepreneurs,” Iowa State University researcher Sandra Burkesaid. In the Miami metropolitan area, […]

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Groups Recommend How the White House Could Boost Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Groups Recommend How the White House Could Boost Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Immigrant entrepreneurs and small business owners contribute to local economies, often forming the backbone of neighborhoods. As part of his November announcement on immigration executive action, President Obama signed a presidential memorandum that creates a White House Task Force on New Americans to explore ways to strengthen federal immigrant and refugee integration. The task force […]

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Dozens of Mayors File Brief in Support of Immigration Executive Action

Written by on January 27, 2015 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Dozens of Mayors File Brief in Support of Immigration Executive Action

Mayors from 33 cities, along with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities, filed an amicus brief on Monday in the Texas v. United States lawsuit that challenges President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Interestingly, a number of cities that have signed on to the brief supporting the administration’s action are […]

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