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In the ongoing debate over U.S. immigration, a key policy consideration is the economic impact of immigrants and the role they play in the U.S. workforce. Long-term U.S. competitiveness depends on the economic contributions of immigrants and their children towards the nation’s productivity. In the absence of a federal policy debate, states and metros are on the frontlines of incorporating immigrants into labor markets.
Listen to our discussion on this topic with national expert Audrey Singer of the Brookings Institution. Her research poses key questions to regional leaders and immigrant rights activists: What is the actual skills mix of our immigrant workforce? Should regional decision-makers focus on attracting high-skilled immigrants as well as increasing the economic mobility of all newcomers – as a means of investing in the region? And, what sort of civic coalitions are needed to further immigrant integration at the metro level?
The Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) combines data analysis, academic scholarship, and civic engagement to support improved economic mobility for, enhanced civic participation by, and receiving society openness to immigrants.