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Welcoming Center at a Glance
Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians addresses the barriers immigrants face in finding employment in their new county. We work to accelerate immigrant integration and economic advancement. We do this by:
Opening doors of economic opportunities for global newcomers
Realizing the potential of the immigrant and U.S.-born entrepreneurs
Providing education and training for successful integration into the American workforce
Facilitating citizenship and civic engagement
Helping employers attract and retain global talent
Enhancing the economic development of the Greater Philadelphia region
Facts About Immigration
Immigrants comprise 13% of the Philadelphia population
Immigrants are responsible for 96% of Philadelphia’s small business growth since 2000
72.5% of Philadelphia immigrants are of working age compared to 21.5% of native-born workers
Philadelphia immigrants are 43.1% more likely to become entrepreneurs compared to native born residents
48% of immigrants move to Philadelphia because of family or friends
Brain waste costs the nation $40 billion in forgone wages annually
Brain waste costs the nation $10 billion in forgone federal, state, and local tax payments
Sources: Migration Policy Institute, Partnership for a New American Economy, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
How Trump’s Restrictive Immigration Plans Are Affecting Philly – Billy Penn, August 15, 2017
The Best Countries to Be an Immigrant – U.S. News & World Report, July 10, 2017
Northeast: Brain Waste Drags Down Immigrants and Economy – Philadelphia Neighborhoods, July 7, 2017
This Workforce Program Is for Immigrants Who Can Speak English and Have Degrees – Generocity, May 31, 2017