UM immigration study offers positive side of economic impacts
University of Miami immigration study, to be released in six weeks, will show
that immigrants in Florida and Miami-Dade County contribute about as much economically
as they take.
executive summary of the study was given by UM professor Thomas Boswell during
an immigration committee meeting at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce's
2001 goals conference.
study reflects pretty well on immigrants," Dr. Boswell said. "If anything,
it shows that immigrants are hardworking people who do not come here to live
on welfare, who pay taxes and who eventually catch up socio-economically to
study, conducted with help from the University of Florida Bureau of Economic
& Business Research and Roosevelt University, was part of a Greater Miami Chamber
effort to get some "hard facts" in terms of the socio-economic character
of immigration in Miami and Florida, Dr. Boswell said.
many immigration studies have been conducted in the past, he said this is the
first socio-economic study of immigration in South Florida and Miami-Dade.
going to better inform the debate about immigration and the benefits or costs
of it," Dr. Boswell said, "if it's a good thing or a bad thing or
is something we should cut back on or increase due to a demand for labor."
into eight chapters, and drawing from US Census Bureau surveys from 1996-999,
the report sets out to answer six questions:
immigration has become controversial.
it has affected population growth and ethnic change.
immigrants compare socio-economically to the US-born population.
immigrants pay their fair share of taxes?
they use welfare and educational services disproportionately?
Dr. Bowsell said, immigrants "use welfare at the same rate as the rest
of the population. Once they've been here, they catch up in about 10 or 15 years."
Boswell said the study would show. "And it means that some of the old statements
as to their not paying taxes and costing more in welfare are myths."
immigration committee of the chamber chaired by Gilbert Lee Sandler, senior
partner of Sandler Travis & Rosenberg, also produced five goals for the year
during the meeting:
efforts to integrate immigrants into the mainstream economy.
developments in immigration law.
and communicate the immigration study.
immigration issues related directly to business.
a business-centered immigration workshop.