Immigrants to U.S. Help Create More Jobs, Not Take Them, Study Finds

Immigrants to the U.S. should be seen more as “job creators” than “job takers” when it comes to entrepreneurship, a new study published this month has found.

Titled Immigration and Entrepreneurship in the United States, the study, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), found that immigrants tend to play “relatively large roles as employers, rather than employees, compared to U.S.-born individuals.”

“People want to think of immigrants as coming into the economy and maybe not having very many skills and not having a positive impact on the economy,” Benjamin Jones, a professor of strategy at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University involved in the study, told Newsweek on Tuesday.

However, he said, “not only do immigrants start lots of companies at a much higher rate [than U.S.-born counterparts], but those companies actually tend to grow quite a lot.”

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