Immigrants fueled nearly 75 percent of Greater Philadelphia’s labor growth since 2000 and it appears the area is re-emerging as an important destination for the population, a study released Thursday morning said.
The integration of the population, which has helped counter population losses and fill and create jobs, should become a shared regional goal, according to the study, “Recent Immigration to Philadelphia: Regional Change in a Re-Emerging Gateway.”
I think the study referenced is the one that is available at the Brookings website.
I'm of the opinion that we are beyond debating whether or not to actively promote immigration. Cleveburgh desperately needs to increase the number of foreign born in the Tech Belt. What we need to work on is the best (i.e. cost effective) way to achieve that end.
If certain key stakeholders still need convincing, then they must be pushed aside because they are holding the region back. Figuring out how to attract more immigrants is hard enough without adding ignorance or xenophobia to the mix. I'm curious to find out if any Philadelphia initiatives proved to be successful in selling the region to immigrants.