Economics

Foreign Students Contribute Billions to Metro Areas

Written by on August 29, 2014 in Economics with 0 Comments
Foreign Students Contribute Billions to Metro Areas

International students enrich U.S. colleges and universities, but “only recently, however, have local leaders begun to appreciate that students from fast-growing foreign economies can also be important anchors in building global connections between their hometowns abroad and their U.S. metropolitan destinations,” said Neil Ruiz, author of a new report released today by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy [...]

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Cities and Regions Explore Ways to Maximize Migration’s Local Dividends

Written by on August 28, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
Cities and Regions Explore Ways to Maximize Migration’s Local Dividends

Local officials are recognizing that immigration can play a role in their broader growth and development strategies. As Demetrios Papademetriou of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) explains, immigration can be an economic windfall for their communities through more jobs and growth. But these benefits are not automatic nor are they evenly accrued. Policymakers at all [...]

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Immigrants, Both Documented and Undocumented, Are Helping Save Medicare and Social Security

Written by on August 15, 2014 in Economics, Undocumented Immigration with 1 Comment
Immigrants, Both Documented and Undocumented, Are Helping Save Medicare and Social Security

A new report from the Partnership for the New American Economy and an analysis of Social Security data by MSNBC offer more evidence that immigrants, whether they are documented or undocumented, are major contributors to the economic well-being of major safety net programs. Because immigrants are generally younger and healthier than the native-born population, as [...]

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Immigrants Work in More Arduous Jobs than U.S. Natives, New Study Shows

Written by on August 12, 2014 in Economics, Myths, Restrictionists with 0 Comments
Immigrants Work in More Arduous Jobs than U.S. Natives, New Study Shows

One of the reasons often cited to explain the importance of immigrant workers to the U.S. economy is the presumption that immigrants perform jobs that U.S. natives are unwilling to take. Numerous studies show that immigrant workers complement the native-born in various ways. But in spite of the growing evidence, restrictionist groups recurrently argue that [...]

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Nativist Group Falsely Blames Immigrants for Unemployment in Tennessee

Written by on August 7, 2014 in Economics, Employment, Myths, Restrictionists with 0 Comments
Nativist Group Falsely Blames Immigrants for Unemployment in Tennessee

From the narrow, nativist perspective of groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), every immigrant worker who enters the U.S. economy is stealing a job from a native-born worker. In this view of the world, employment is a zero-sum game in which immigrants and the native-born compete for a fixed number of jobs. [...]

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More Cities Charting an Immigrant-Friendly Path

Written by on July 31, 2014 in Economics with 1 Comment
More Cities Charting an Immigrant-Friendly Path

Positive changes are happening at the local level throughout the country. A growing number of cities, counties, and metropolitan areas get that welcoming immigrants for better and more comprehensive integration is good for their communities. Just within the past week, for example, the Ohio cities of Cincinnati and Springfield officially decided to become more immigrant-friendly. [...]

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White House Discusses Strengthening Communities by Welcoming Immigrants

Written by on July 17, 2014 in Economics with 2 Comments
White House Discusses Strengthening Communities by Welcoming Immigrants

This week nearly 200 leaders from communities across the U.S. gathered at the White House for a National Convening on Immigrant and Refugee Integration. Attendees included practitioners, policymakers, elected officials, researchers, business representatives, and faith leaders. The participants discussed successful initiatives, as well as challenges and opportunities for immigrant integration. “This inaugural event gave peer [...]

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Immigrants Offset Population Decline and Aging Workforce in Midwest Metros

Written by on June 25, 2014 in Demographics, Economics with 1 Comment
Immigrants Offset Population Decline and Aging Workforce in Midwest Metros

As Immigrant Heritage Month continues this June, it’s clear that an increasing number of places large and small across America recognize the value immigrants have brought and continue to bring to the United States. After all, metropolitan areas, as the drivers of the nation’s economy, are where the majority of immigrants live, and local communities [...]

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Immigration and Economic Revitalization in America’s Cities

Written by on June 2, 2014 in Business, Economics with 0 Comments
Immigration and Economic Revitalization in America’s Cities

June marks the first annual Immigrant Heritage Month, a time to gather and share inspirational stories of how the United States has been fueled by our immigrant tradition. As such, in a June 1 post in Forbes, Carl Schramm describes immigration’s historical role in American cities’ industrial growth, as well as the role immigrants continue [...]

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Foreign Workers Do Fill Critical Needs in U.S. STEM Labor Market

Written by on May 22, 2014 in Business, Economics, Myths with 0 Comments
Foreign Workers Do Fill Critical Needs in U.S. STEM Labor Market

The debate around whether there exists a scarcity of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) workers is heating up once again. The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) released a new report claiming there is not, in fact, a STEM worker “shortage” in the U.S., and therefore no need to invite in high-skilled foreign-born workers. The [...]

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