CHALLENGE

 

Almost 1 in 4 New Yorkers is either an immigrant, refugee, or asylee which equates to about 4.5 million people. Even with large immigrant and refugee populations, New York has not adopted policies that help these populations thrive even though they are an increasing part of the state’s economic story.


 Photo courtesy of New York Immigration Council Photo: Karen Smul

Photo courtesy of New York Immigration Council
Photo: Karen Smul

THE ECONOMICS

 

In New York, consider the following:

  • NY loses out on about $57 million in annual government revenues as well as $26 million in one-time revenues by not expanding driver’s licenses to undocumented individuals – Fiscal Policy Institute

  • 27% of immigrants in NYS are underemployed, which equates to roughly $5 billion in lost earnings and close to $600 million in lost state and local tax revenue -  Migration Policy Institute


RESOURCES

 

The Blue Print for Immigrant New York, New York Immigration Coalition
Immigration Integration, The Immigrant Learning Center
Data on Immigration in New York State, Fiscal Policy Institute


Coalitions/Advocates


Media