Economics

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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High-Skilled Immigration Boosts Native-Born Wages in Cities

Written by on May 9, 2014 in Economics, Visas with 0 Comments
High-Skilled Immigration Boosts Native-Born Wages in Cities

Despite the soaring demand there are only 85,000 H-1B visas available each year for high-skilled workers. And as a new report explains, these foreign workers who often work in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields are helping to boost the wages of native born workers without taking away jobs. In the report published by [...]

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How Immigration is Key to New York City’s Renaissance

Written by on April 16, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
How Immigration is Key to New York City’s Renaissance

As a gateway to the United States, New York City has long been defined by the generations of immigrants who have made it their home. In a city of 8.3 million people, more than 3.1 million—38 percent of New York City’s population—are foreign-born, according to the 2012 American Community Survey. And in the case of [...]

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Undocumented Immigrants Contribute Billions in Taxes

Undocumented Immigrants Contribute Billions in Taxes

Death and taxes, according to Benjamin Franklin, are the only things in life that are certain. And despite the prevailing myth perpetrated by nativist groups, there are plenty of undocumented immigrants facing the certainty of taxes on April 15. They pay billions in state and local taxes every year that help to fund benefits they [...]

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Majority of U.S. Patents Granted to Foreign Individuals

Written by on April 11, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 1 Comment
Majority of U.S. Patents Granted to Foreign Individuals

The contributions of immigrants are visible in communities and industries across the nation, and as a recent article highlights, immigrants’ economic and innovative additions can be seen in the form of patent grants. More than half of all 302,948 patent grants in 2013 were to foreign individuals, including both immigrants and foreign investors. Studies about [...]

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High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Crucial to Local Economies

Written by on April 1, 2014 in Business, Economics, Entrepreneurship with 0 Comments
High-Tech Immigrant Entrepreneurs are Crucial to Local Economies

Recently, a growing number of cities and states have begun pursuing strategies that attract and welcome immigrants and immigrant entrepreneurs in order to grow their economies. Encouraging immigrant high-tech entrepreneurship, and addressing the factors that cultivate an environment in which entrepreneurs may be more successful, is yet another avenue for growth cities may wish to [...]

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How the Broken Immigration System Hurts Farmworkers Who Pick Our Crops

Written by on March 28, 2014 in Economics, Reform with 0 Comments
How the Broken Immigration System Hurts Farmworkers Who Pick Our Crops

By Adrienne DerVartanian, Director of Immigration and Labor Rights of Farmworker Justice Like many Americans and aspiring Americans, Juan (a pseudonym to protect his identity) has high hopes for immigration reform. Juan came to the United States from Mexico in 1995. Over the past 18 years, he has migrated throughout the country, cultivating and harvesting many [...]

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