Institute for Immigration Research

Immigrants Working for US

The aim of this project series is to look at specific industries where immigrants play a key role in the production of goods and services for all of us in the U.S.

Examining the fiscal contribution of foreign-born and native-born households in the U.S

This research brief examines the fiscal contribution of foreign-born and native-born households in the United States. This examination is accomplished by comparing income tax contributions and social assistance expenditures within and between each household group. 

The findings presented in this research brief indicate that in 2012, foreign-born households contributed approximately $106 billion to state and federal income tax. 

For more more information on the fiscal contribution of foreign-born and native-born households in the U.S., see the study Research Brief HERE

Foreign-Born Contributions to the Media & Entertainment Industry

 
The Media & Entertainment (M&E) industry in the United States is a major contributor to the national economy. This fact sheet explores foreign-born contributions to M&E in terms of film production, broadcasting, sound recording, sports & performance arts using data from the 2008-2012 American Community Survey. For the Foreign-Born Contributions to the Media & Entertainment Industry, click here: Entertainment Study.

 

Immigrants in STEM Careers: An Analysis by Sex

Occupations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields have become increasingly important in today's knowledge-based economy, with 5.6 million workers collectively earning $386 billion in 2012. This fact sheet contributes to the ongoing discussion of foreign-born participation in 42 STEM occupations by exploring the influence of gender on STEM careers in a national sample. 

For Immigrants in STEM Careers: An Analysis by Sex, Fact Sheet click HERE

Immigrants Working for US: Public Administration 

In the United States, workers in public administration serve to maintain the governmental structures and services that organize and preserve social order at the national, state, and local level. Without these structures and services the nation’s standard of living and overall quality of life would decline. Immigrant workers play an important role in public administration. Their hard work and commitment, as politicians, administrators, and service workers, contributes to the health and resilience of the U.S. economy and society.  

For Immigrants in the public administration Fact Sheet, click HERE

Immigrants Working for US: Immigrants Working in Scientific Research & Development Industry

In the United States, workers in the scientific research and development industry are responsible for inventing many of the products—such as life-saving medicines and groundbreaking technologies—that individuals rely upon everyday. Without these products, the U.S. economy would grind to a halt and the nation’s standard of living and quality of life would plummet. 

Immigrant workers play a major role in the scientific research and development industry. Their hard work, as both professional scientists and service workers, propels the industry forward in terms of innovation and growth. 

For immigrants in the R&D industry, click Here

Immigrants Working for US: The Trucking Industry 

A new study entitled Immigrants Working for US: Trucking released by the Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University finds that while the United States economy is heavily dependent on truck transportation, the industry experiences chronic worker shortages, and immigrants have the potential to ease the driver shortage. This research brief is the second in the series Immigrants Working for US produced by the Institute for Immigration Research and examines the economic contributions of immigrants in key industries.

For Immigrants in the Trucking Industry Research Brief click HERE

Immigrants Working for US: The Pharmaceutical Industry 

The Census Bureau identifies 307 distinict occupation titles falling into 23 broad occupational categories in the pharmaceutical manufacturing and retail industries. In certain of these occupations we find an extremely large percentage of individuals. For example, 11.0% of the workers in the pharmaceutical industry are pharmacists and approximately 20% of these pharmacists are immigrants. 

 For immigrants in the pharmaceutical industry Research Brief click HERE.



 

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