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Syrian Immigrants: Doing Well, and a Strong Receiving Community for Refugees

December 13, 2016. A new report by the Fiscal Policy Institute and the Center for American Progress looks at how Syrian immigrants fare in the United States. After a political campaign season in which Syrians coming to the United States were met with harsh words and proposals, this report takes a calm look at how immigrants from Syria are faring in the United States. The findings are reassuring: Syrian immigrants are highly educated, disproportionately likely to be business owners, learn English, and become home owners [...]

2016-12-19T09:06:12-05:00December 13th, 2016|Blog, Immigration, New York State, Other States & National|

Keeping DREAMers Out of College: Missouri Makes a Costly Mistake

April 19, 2016. Missouri's appropriations bill for higher education includes instructions that would leave immigrants who have been granted deferred action in the position of having to pay a much higher tuition rate at state colleges. For every student this discourages from going to community college, the student loses $7,000 in potential earnings and the state and local governments lose $630 in potential tax contributions. For those who don't get a bachelor's degree, it costs the typical student $21,000 per year in potential earnings, and costs the [...]

FPI Testimony in US Senate on Immigration

March 16, 2016. The director of FPI's Immigration Research Initiative, David Dyssegaard Kallick, testified today before a U.S. Senate hearing on immigration, making the case that immigrants are contributing robustly to the United States economy, Written testimony is here. Video available here. In the video, the hearing starts at 21.08; Kallick's remarks are at 1:01:15, 1:17:03, and 2:04:05.

2016-03-30T14:12:57-04:00March 16th, 2016|Immigration, Other States & National, Testimony|

New Americans on Long Island: A Vital Fifth of the Economy

June 2, 2015. There are 526,000 immigrants living on Long Island, making up 18 percent of the region’s population and 20 percent of the economic output of Long Islanders, according to a study released today by the Fiscal Policy Institute, New Americans on Long Island: A Vital Fifth of the Economy. Half of immigrants overall (51 percent) work in white-collar jobs, the study found, and the large majority (61 percent) live in families earning over $80,000 a year. Immigrants represent significant numbers of the people [...]

Media Coverage of Immigrant Main Street Businesses Report

Media coverage of our report on immigrant-owned Main Street businesses has been hard to keep up with. Below is a listing of what we've been able to track so far.   The Wall Street Journal Immigrant Entrepreneurs Prosper on Main Street http://www.wsj.com/articles/immigrant-entrepreneurs-prosper-on-main-street-1421195826 01/13/2014 In the U.S. from 2000 to 2013, including in 31 of the 50 largest metro areas, immigrants accounted for all the growth in so-called Main Street businesses, according to a new study based on analysis of census data. Such firms are grouped [...]

2015-05-14T14:37:26-04:00May 14th, 2015|FPI in the News|

Obama Official Promotes SBA’s Bilingual Approach

April 24, 2015. The head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Maria Contreras-Sweet, visited Nashville to promote an initiative aimed at helping immigrant entrepreneurs this week. An article in The Tennessean referred to a study by the Fiscal Policy Institute's Immigration Research Initiative that examined the role of immigrants in Main Street business ownership, and highlighted Nashville as one of three case study cities, including a focus on the Conexión Americas program featured in the article. Contreras-Sweet visited Nashville and Conexion Americas four months after [...]

2015-04-24T15:07:42-04:00April 24th, 2015|FPI in the News|

Executive Actions on Immigrants Will Bring Increased NY Tax Revenue

April 16, 2015. A new 50-state study, Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions, by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy finds that undocumented immigrants’ tax contributions would increase significantly under the Obama Administration’s executive actions and even more substantially under comprehensive immigration policy reform. The report is being co-released in New York by the Fiscal Policy Institute and is particularly relevant in connection with the hearing tomorrow, Friday April 17, on executive action at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. The report’s key [...]

Policy Brief: Schools and Poverty

March 17, 2015. The state can improve low-performing schools and help students who face learning barriers by increasing funding for key education programs and poverty-fighting efforts. Proposals by the governor and the legislature are a start, but still fall short of what is needed. In a report issued in February, the state identified 178 schools in 17 school districts as “priority” or “failing” schools. These schools score in the bottom 5 percent in student proficiency tests or have low graduation rates, or both. The school [...]

2020-11-13T15:04:35-05:00March 17th, 2015|Creating Vibrant Communities, Education, NYS Budget|

Most Main Street Growth Due To Immigrant-Owned Businesses

January 14, 2015. A report on our Immigrant Main Street business owners report from NBC Latino: There's a very good chance that the new deli, dry cleaner or nail salon that opened in your neighborhood shopping district is owned by an immigrant. Between 2000 and 2013, immigrants accounted for all net Main Street business growth nationally and in 31 of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country, according to a new study released Wednesday by the Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and the Fiscal [...]

2015-04-06T08:34:07-04:00January 15th, 2015|FPI in the News|

3 Cities Where Immigrants Helped Save Main Street

January 14, 2015. A great story by Ted Hesson for Fusion, with nice added detail in all three metro areas. South Philadelphia’s Italian Market has long been the go-to spot for pasta and cannoli. But in the past two decades, a new set of business owners have moved into the neighborhood, bringing Mexican, Vietnamese and Korean food with them. The transformation follows a national trend: new immigrants are increasingly becoming the face of community businesses across the country and, in some cases, a lifeline for [...]

2015-01-15T22:55:40-05:00January 14th, 2015|FPI in the News|

Report: Immigrant Biz Powered NYC’s Comeback

January 14, 2015. Crains New York Business picked up on the population trend shown in FPI's new report on immigrant Main Street businesses. In New York City, immigrants make up, arithmetically, all of the population growth since the city's decennial lowpoint in 1980.* Check out our interactive graphic here. (Thanks to Colin Gordon for putting it on the web.) From the story: New York City's revitalization since the 1970s has been spurred by an oft-overlooked force: Main Street immigrant business owners, whose ranks have risen rapidly [...]

2015-01-15T22:48:00-05:00January 14th, 2015|FPI in the News|

Many Ways to Help Immigrant Businesses, Report Says

January 14, 2015. The Philadelphia Inquirer picked up on FPI's report about immigrant Main Street business owners, which includes national data as well as case studies in Philadelphia, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Nashville. Immigrants who want to open a corner store, pay for a wedding, or buy a house often turn to a "lending circle." Called tandas in Latin America, susu in West Africa, and hui in China, they offer pooled-risk loans from informal groups with family honor as collateral. Repayments don't necessarily build creditworthiness, however, because transactions are [...]

2015-04-06T10:03:53-04:00January 14th, 2015|FPI in the News|

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Boost ‘Main Streets’ in Nashville

January 14, 2015. A front page story in The Tennessean talks about FPI's study on immigrants' role in Main Street businesses. The report has data about immigrant entrepreneurship around the country, and includes case studies from three metro areas: Philadelphia, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Nashville. Here's the lede: When Nashville voters rejected a 2009 referendum that would have banned government officials from using non-English languages in their work, they sent a message that the city welcomed its immigrant community. Years later, their vote also would prove [...]

2015-01-15T18:28:35-05:00January 14th, 2015|FPI in the News|

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Prosper on Main Street

January 13, 2015. The Wall Street Journal features FPI's new report on Immigrant Main Street business owners: In the U.S. from 2000 to 2013, including in 31 of the 50 largest metro areas, immigrants accounted for all the growth in so-called Main Street businesses, according to a new study based on analysis of census data. Such firms are grouped in three categories: lodging and food, retail and neighborhood services such as dry cleaning and beauty salons. Immigrants made up nearly one out of three owners [...]

2015-01-15T18:07:56-05:00January 13th, 2015|FPI in the News|

Immigrant “Main Street” Business Owners Playing an Outsized Role

January 14, 2015. Immigrants are a little more likely to own businesses than their U.S.-born counterparts, but they are a lot more likely to own Main Street businesses such as grocery stores, restaurants, and barber shops, finds a new study released today by the Fiscal Policy Institute and Americas Society/Council of the Americas. Immigrants make up 16 percent of the labor force and 18 percent of business owners, but 28 percent of Main Street businesses (defined as retail, food services and accommodation, and [...]

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