New data on Minnesota shows economic impact of immigrant population

Minnesota business leaders on Tuesday showcased new research on the contributions of immigrants in Minnesota and highlighted the need for immigration reform. Spearheaded by New American Economy and the Minnesota Business Immigration Coalition, the report marks the launch of Map the Impact – a campaign to highlight the power of immigrants in communities across the country.

In Minnesota, Map the Impact shows:

● Nearly 440,000 foreign-born residents make up 8 percent of the population.

● Immigrants paid $3.3 billion in state and local taxes and held $8.9 billion in spending power in 2014.

● Immigrant entrepreneurs number almost 16,250.

● Nearly 53,000 people are employed at immigrant-owned firms.

Other representatives of the Minnesota Business Immigration Coalition underscored the value of immigrants to Minnesota’s economy.

From Perry Aasness, executive director of the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council: “Whether it’s on the farm, in agribusiness or food processing, immigrants play an important role in Minnesota agriculture.”

From Lucas Sjostrom, executive director of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association: “Look no further than our state’s dairy farmers, the vast majority of our state’s herd is now cared for by new Americans. If we want Minnesota to continue to be a leading dairy state, we need an immigration system that works 24/7.”

From Dan McElroy, president and chief executive officer of Hospitality Minnesota: “As we learned last week, our state’s hospitality industry cannot function fully without the contributions of immigrant workers. Minnesota’s welcome matt is not what it needs to be without fully and expertly staffed restaurants, hotels and resorts. That requires an immigration system that’s in sync with our economy.”

Visit Map the Impact for state, city, and district information that shows the scope of influence of immigrants in America.

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