Immigration Research from The ILC
From the start, The ILC Public Education Institute has expanded the supply of current immigration research. 12 studies and reports about immigrants as entrepreneurs, workers and consumers have been published.
ILC-commissioned studies are conducted by top researchers in the fields of public policy, ethnic studies and sociology. Collaborators include professors from the University of Massachusetts Boston, Tufts University, Boston University, Northeastern University and the University of California at Berkeley.
They are available here and at www.immigrationresearch-info.org where you will find a wealth of information on immigrants and immigration issues in addition to our reports.
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Immigrants in Health Care: Keeping Americans Healthy Through Care and Innovation
Data and profiles of foreign-born health care workers across the industry reveal that immigrants are filling critical functions in U.S. health care. Despite comprising just 13 percent of the population, they play outsized roles in medicine, medical science, nursing and long-term care. Click here to learn more about our free webinar that launched the report and revealed key findings.
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Immigrant Entrepreneurs Creating Jobs and Strengthening the U.S. Economy in Growing Industries: Transportation, Food and Building Services
The data show that immigrant entrepreneurs play an outsized role as both entrepreneurs and workers in three growing industry sectors: transportation, food-related and building services. Interviews with experts reveal that immigrant entrepreneurs capitalize on niches that expand the market.
Fast Facts about Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Growing Industries
Massachusetts Immigrants by the Numbers, Second Edition:
Demographic Characteristics and Economic Footprint
A sweeping statistical portrait of state-wide trends in immigration, this report offers a comprehensive look at Massachusetts immigrants from the most credible available data sources.
It traces the basic demographic features of Massachusetts immigrants including age, ethnicity, gender and country of origin. And while the economics section covers such fundamentals as income, employment and housing, it also provides hard-to-find data on tax payments, consumer spending, rates of incarceration and use of social services.
Fast Facts about Immigrants by the Numbers
Immigrants by the Numbers full report (PDF)
Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Creating Jobs and Strengthening the Economy
Written by Marcia Hohn, director of The ILC Public Education Institute, and published jointly by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Immigration Policy Center, Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Creating Jobs and Strengthening the Economy demonstrates how immigrant businesses create jobs for U.S. workers and contribute to America’s economic growth. From neighborhood businesses to high-growth, transnational, and science and technology firms, this paper examines immigrant entrepreneurship in many different sectors
Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Creating Jobs and Strengthening the Economy full report (PDF)
Adult Children of Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Memories and Influences
“They gave up their prestige, their education, their aspirations, their goals, their friends, family, relatives, their culture and their history for us. So I’ve got to do what I can to make sure it’s worth it for them.”
– Dae-Hyun, first-year medical student
Probing the changing makeup of American college campuses, Adult Children of Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Memories and Influences offers unparalleled insight into the journeys of today’s graduate students born to immigrant entrepreneur parents.
Fast Facts about Adult Children of Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Adult Children of Immigrant Entrepreneurs full report (PDF)
Massachusetts Immigrant Entrepreneurs:
Engines for Economic Growth, Wealth and Job Creation
“My friends thought I was out of my mind when I left a high paying job in a successful publishing company. But I wanted to do something meaningful, something that would bring cultures together and something that would utilize my international background.”
– Jill Cheng, publisher, Cheng & Tsui Company, Inc.
This paper examines immigrant contributions in industries across Massachusetts. Drawing on four of The ILC-commissioned studies preceding it, the study profiles innovators and entrepreneurs in neighborhood revitalization, biotechnology, Asian-owned businesses and tourism/hospitality.
Fast Facts about Massachusetts Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Massachusetts Immigrant Entrepreneurs full report (PDF)
Impact of Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Workers in Leisure and Hospitality Businesses: Massachusetts and New England
“We are like a family. We are all different races and nationalities but support, appreciate and respect each other.”
– Ashish Sangani, owner, GIRI Hotels
The significant presence and impact of immigrants on New England’s tourism and hospitality industry is appraised for the first time in this report. It reveals the dependence of the regional economy on immigrant entrepreneurship and labor. Immigrant entrepreneurs are profiled and policy goals are suggested.
Fast Facts about Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Workers in Leisure and Hospitality
Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Workers in Leisure and Hospitality full report (PDF)
This groundbreaking study provides a sweeping portrait of immigrant characteristics and economic contributions to the state. Utilizing never-before-seen compilations of data, it reveals the truth about immigrants as tax payers and consumers. This study also outlines the challenges to immigrants’ successful economic and social integration.
Immigrants by the Numbers full report (PDF)
Immigrant Workers in the Massachusetts Health Care Industry:
A Report on Status and Future Prospects
“…This is a wonderful country and freedom is intoxicating. Anyone who is willing to work hard can find opportunities. I found opportunities and being able to give back is a great feeling.”
– Chhan Touch, nurse practitioner, Lowell Community Health Center.
This pioneering study is the first by The ILC about immigrants as workers. Using data on the presence of immigrants across the spectrum of health care providers, it demonstrates their indispensable role in this industry. The study further highlights their importance as a pipeline for the future workforce.
Fast Facts about Immigrant Workers in the Massachusetts Health Care Industry
Immigrant Workers in the Massachusetts Health Care Industry full report (PDF)
Immigrant Entrepreneurs in the Massachusetts Biotechnology Industry
This study substantiates immigrant entrepreneurs as key contributors to the creation of business and intellectual capital in Massachusetts. This is particularly true of the biotechnology industry, which is critical to human health and posterity. Utilizing case studies and statistics, the reader gleans the global nature of high-tech innovation.
Fast Facts about Immigrant Entrepreneurs in the Massachusetts Biotechnology Industry
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The Rise of Asian-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts
“I am a hard worker and when you enjoy your job, the work is not hard.”
– Dolores Tedesco, owner, Hair Delights, LLC
The growth of Asian-owned businesses in the U.S. has far outstripped that of other groups. This study presents census data and case studies on diverse Asian-owned businesses in Massachusetts. The pivotal role these businesses play in the state’s prosperity is underscored by their leadership in employee growth and sales.
Fast Facts about The Rise of Asian-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts
The Rise of Asian-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts full report (PDF)
Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Neighborhood Revitalization:
Studies of the Allston Village, East Boston and Fields Corner Neighborhoods in Boston
“Of course [my business] makes this neighborhood better. It makes this neighborhood more beautiful. The community ignored this neighborhood before. People did not want to move here because it was desolate and unsafe. Now, people want to come here.”
– Vietnamese business owner, Fields Corner, Boston MA
One of the first of its kind, this study assesses the ways immigrant businesses are changing the face of Boston. Using personal interviews, it explores how immigrant entrepreneurs in three Boston locales contribute to the neighborhoods they serve through economic revitalization and improvements in the quality of life.
Fast Facts about Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Neighborhood Revitalization
Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Neighborhood Revitalization full report (PDF)