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Are Immigrants Taking Americans Jobs?

There is a common misconception that immigrants take jobs from American citizens. However, decades of comprehensive analysis has shown that immigrants have a net positive effect on the economy. Immigrants create new jobs and fill gaps in employment by taking undesirable jobs.[1] Additionally, skilled immigrants benefit the economy by increasing wages for native-born Americans. This trend may seem counterintuitive; however, research has shown that immigrant skills tend to be complementary to native-born Americans, increasing productivity and creating new jobs.[2] Research also shows that new immigrants coming into the country reduce the number of jobs outsourced offshore in the manufacturing industry, keeping those jobs in the United States.[3]

Research has shown that immigrants are starting businesses at a much higher rate than Americans born in the United States. Immigrants represent about 15 percent of the U.S. workforce, but they account for approximately a quarter of the entrepreneurs and a quarter of investors in the United States. Additionally, over one-third of new firms have at least one immigrant entrepreneur in its initial leadership team.[4] This is true for both large and small companies, resulting in the creation of millions of jobs. This trend was shown in a research study that examined the creation of businesses from 2005 to 2010. During that period, 0.83% of immigrants in the workforce created business, nearly double the 0.46% of native-born Americans.[5]

This study also examined the quality of jobs created by immigrants, showing that businesses created by foreign-born individuals tended to be more innovative than those created by native-born Americans. This trend translated into higher wages for the employees of these companies.[6]

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Visa Business Plans is led by Marco Scanu, a certified coach from the University of Miami with a globally based practice coaching Fortune 1000 company executives, entrepreneurs, as well as professionals in 4 different continents. Mr. Scanu advises clients on turnaround strategies and crisis management.

Mr. Scanu received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Cum Laude) from the University of Florida and an MBA in Management from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Mr. Scanu was also a Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University under the prestigious H. Humphrey Fellowship (Fulbright program) with a focus on Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, and high-growth enterprises.

At present, Mr. Scanu is the managing partner and CEO at Visa Business Plans, a Miami-based boutique consulting firm providing attorneys and investors with business planning services in the areas of U.S. and Canadian immigration, SBA loans, and others.

[1] https://thehill.com/opinion/immigration/545572-immigrants-do-not-steal-our-jobs-they-create-them-in-the-economy/

[2] https://thehill.com/opinion/immigration/545572-immigrants-do-not-steal-our-jobs-they-create-them-in-the-economy/

[3] https://www.americanprogress.org/article/immigration-helps-american-workers-wages-and-job-opportunities/

[4] https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brookings-now/2017/08/24/do-immigrants-steal-jobs-from-american-workers/

[5] https://www.forbes.com/sites/adigaskell/2020/11/11/immigrants-create-more-jobs-than-they-take/?sh=79ef142019ea