A recent report published by the Immigration Policy Center has determined that immigrants, including Arab Americans, not only wield sizable political power in Michigan, but are also an integral part of the stateâ€™s economy and tax base. As workers, taxpayers, consumers, and entrepreneurs, immigrants and their children are an economic powerhouse and as voters, they are a potent political force.
As Michiganâ€™s economy begins to recover, immigrants and their children will continue to play a key role in the shaping and growing the economic and political landscape of the Great Lakes State.
â€œImmigrants have always been vital to Michiganâ€™s economy and society,â€ said Nadia Tonova, Advocacy and Policy Supervisor at ACCESS. â€œThe IPCâ€™s report confirms that Michigan still benefits tremendously from the contributions of immigrants and their families. We are all enriched, culturally and materially, by immigrants.â€
Highlights of the report include:
Immigrants make up more than 6% of Michiganâ€™s total population (roughly equal to the total population of Boston, MA) and nearly half of them are naturalized citizens who are eligible to vote.
Arab Americans accounted for $7.7 billion in total earnings in the four counties of the Detroit metropolitan area, generating an estimated $544 million in state tax revenue and supporting an estimated 141,541 jobs.