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Study analyzes 200,000 congressional speeches and 5,000 presidential communications related to immigration since 1880 and finds that political speech on the subject has become more positive, but also more polarized

As a nation of immigrants, the United States has a complicated history of immigration that is both celebrated and deplored. Resistance to newcomers has been central to public discourse, but there has been a rise in pro-immigration attitudes over the past century. According to Gallup, 77% of Americans answered that immigration was a good thing in […]

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Report finds that 64% of “unicorn” companies, i.e. privately held, start-up companies valued at $1 billion or more, were founded by immigrants or their children

This study examines the pivotal role played by immigrants in founding “unicorn” companies, defined as privately-held, start-up companies valued at $1 billion or more. Immigrants founded more than half (319 of 582, or 55%) of these companies. The number rises to nearly two-thirds (64%) when adding companies founded by the children of immigrants. Interestingly, there […]

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After convening a series of stakeholder meetings to discuss needed reforms to the U.S. employment-based immigration system, the Bipartisan Policy Center publishes a report detailing its findings

This report summarizes conclusions drawn from discussions of stakeholders in the immigration debate convened by the Bipartisan Policy Center in 2021 and 2022. Stakeholders representing business, labor, and immigrant advocates were tasked with discussing possible reforms to the employment-based immigration system — both for high-skilled and lesser-skilled immigrants.  There were many areas of agreement, including: the […]

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Report describes the characteristics and contributions of foreign-born STEM workers in the U.S. — now almost a quarter of all STEM workers in the country

In the context of reports of worker shortages in economically critical STEM fields, this fact sheet provides a detailed analysis of the characteristics and contributions of foreign-born STEM workers in the United States. Using American Community Survey data, the fact sheet notes that as of 2019, immigrants made up almost a quarter (23.1%), of all […]

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Bipartisan Policy Center takes a deep dive into immigrant entrepreneurship in the U.S., examining the motivations of entrepreneurs, their contributions to the economy, and what local communities are doing to spur their success

This report summarizes available research on immigrant entrepreneurship in the U.S., supplemented by interviews with key experts in the field. The authors discuss the factors that spur the formation of immigrant businesses at a rate well in excess of that of U.S. natives, as well as some of the barriers that immigrants must overcome in […]

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New research shows that today’s immigrants are integrating as quickly and as successfully as those of a century ago

How successful are today’s immigrants compared to the immigrants of a century ago? How well are they adapting to the larger society?  Even though their ethnic and racial backgrounds, as well as the economy in which they must function, are so different from the past, are they advancing in a similar manner and continuing to […]

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Article discusses the fading appeal of the U.S. as a destination for international students

This article explores the history of international education in the US and its potential future prospects here and globally. Colleges and universities in the United States typically attract more than a million international students annually, with Asian countries sending the most students. A strategy that began in the nineteenth century with missionary goals and evolved […]

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