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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 15% of the Philadelphia population
Immigrants are responsible for 96% of Philadelphia’s Main Street business growth from 2000 to 2013
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: Fiscal Policy Institute, Migration Policy Institute, Partnership for a New American Economy, Pew Charitable Trusts, Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians
The Ultimate Guide to Startup Accelerators and Incubators in the Philadelphia Region – Philadelphia Magazine, January 28, 2019
TEDxPhiladelphia’s first event of 2019 declares: ‘We are all immigrants’ – Generocity, January 17, 2019
15 changes Philly needs most in 2019 – philly.com, December 28, 2018