Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Immigrants Can Revitalize Detroit Neighborhoods

From the Detroit News:

This month Time magazine has been running a contest to see which advertising agency produces the hippest campaign to attract young creative Americans to live in Detroit. The city should expand its focus to concentrate on residents who are already proving to be extraordinarily beneficial and open to Motor City living: immigrants.

A revealing report shows how impactful immigrants are in southeastern Michigan -- not only in repopulating struggling neighborhoods but in economic growth.

Immigrants make up 9 percent of Metro Detroit's population yet their economic output represents 11 percent of gross domestic product or economic output, according to the "Immigrants and the Economy" report. It was produced by the Fiscal Policy Institute, a research group based in New York City. Click here for the rest of the editorial.

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