Media Center

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Lina Duffy
Director of Communications

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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