Why are refugees and immigrants good for Philadelphia?

1. In 2008, the Brookings Institute found that nearly 75 percentof greater Philadelphia’s labor force growth since 2000 is attributable to immigrants.

2. The same study found that immigrants have a higher tendency towards entrepreneurial activities than the U.S. born. 11% of the foreign-born population are self-employed compared to 8% of the U.S. born.

3. The Partnership for A New American Economy estimates that immigrants are nearly 50% more likely to start a business than native-born workers.

4. Immigrants’ total share in the output in terms of wage, salary and business proprietor income was about 14.7% between 2009-2011, which is larger than immigrants’ share of the population (13%). (Economic Policy Institute [EPI]).

5. There is consensus among economists that immigration has a positive effect on labor market outcomes,but can slightly reduce employment in the short run (EPI).

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