A new report has found that immigrants contributed $3 billion to the Birmingham metro area’s GDP in 2014.
Foreign-born people also constituted outsize percentages of the metro area’s employed workforce, ranks of business owners and population of people with advanced degrees, according to the study.
Many immigrants across Alabama and the nation are currently gripped by fear as President Donald Trump has repeatedly derided foreign-born populations and worked to implement anti-immigration policies.
But the study released by the city of Birmingham and the Partnership for a New American Economy Action Fund – known simply as New American Economy – lays out a counter-narrative that depicts immigrants as an economic boon for the Birmingham area and the state that reflects broader national trends.
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