Black People : Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Leaving the U.S.

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  1. Amnat77

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    Skilled immigrants are returning to their native countries to start businesses. The author of a new study examines the motivations of Chinese and Indian returnees—and urges the U.S. to fix immigration policy to get them back

    n a speech last week to Facebook employees, President Obama discussed the role immigrant entrepreneurs play in U.S. economic competitiveness. "We want more Andy Groves here in the United States," he told the crowd, touching on the Hungarian-born entrepreneur's startup success. "We don't want them starting Intel in China or starting it in France."

    Sadly, our President didn't back his words with action. He simply said he would support "comprehensive immigration reform," which is legislation that has no chance of passing. This is because it tries to fix all the problems with immigration at the same time. Most Americans will support legislation to admit more doctors, scientists, and entrepreneurs, but they are deeply divided on the issue of amnesty for illegal immigrants. So we're in a messy stalemate.

    Our leaders don't seem to understand the urgency of the situation. They fail to recognize how much the world has changed. Entrepreneurs see abundant opportunities in places like India and China now. The world's best and brightest can stay home and achieve as much success as they could in the U.S. Skilled workers who immigrated to the U.S. are optimistic about these opportunities; many are headed back home.

    My team at Duke, UC-Berkeley, and Harvard researches the role that skilled immigrant entrepreneurs play in U.S.competitiveness. After we published our study on the reverse brain drain, many academics and policymakers told me entrepreneurs would be frustrated in their native countries and return to the U.S. They pointed to India's weak infrastructure, China's authoritarianism, and the corruption and red tape in both countries.
    http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/apr2011/sb20110427_111253.htm
     
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    :wave: bye bye.......
     
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    Yep, like Robin Harris said

    gotta go gotta go!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    For some, could it be a chess move? Leaving only to return, with a heavy hand to stay in the game the next time around, maybe.
     
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    Most 'skilled' immigrants don't go to the US to stay..
     
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    Careful what you wish for, to date I cannot think of a country or civilization which survives after it's immigrants-especially those providing labor left en masse ...maybe you can...
     
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    My reality is painted much different and the strategy is well advertised...in the end, we have reaped from it from many generations back, so it's not surprising to me that they use the revolving door method. Which is a lot of the reason US doesn't have a strong federal immigrant law.
     
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    Immigrants, Jobs and the Recession

    The recession has been hard on almost everyone, but a report released today by the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute found immigrants suffered higher job losses between 2007 and 2009 in health care, construction, information technology and hospitality. Construction jobs, which previously employed a huge number of Latino men and other immigrants, were hit hardest by the recession.

    News wasn’t all bad for immigrants — the study found the largest job growth for foreign-born workers since 2000 was in middle-skilled jobs, which allow for higher pay and more opportunities for upward mobility. Less educated immigrants may have trouble entering sectors that require them to speak English, such as health care, hospitality and information technology. This means construction jobs were particularly important for new immigrants and those who could not speak English.

    Health care, construction, information technology and hospitality were studied because they employ about 40 percent of foreign-born workers and 30 percent of the overall workforce. In all four, immigrants suffered lower job growth or higher job loss than native-born workers.

    http://washingtonindependent.com/97903/immigrants-jobs-and-the-recession
     
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    http://immigrationissues.wordpress.com/

    The United States allowed more legal immigrants from 1991 to 2000, between ten and eleven million, than in any previous decade. By comparison, the highest previous decade was the 1900s, when 8.8 million people arrived, increasing the total US population by one percent every year. Specifically, nearly 15% of Americans were foreign-born in 1910, while in 1999, only about 10% were foreign-born.

    Immigrants accounted for 4.7 percent of the US population in 1970 and it rose to 6.2 percent in 1980, As of 2010, a quarter of the residents of the United States under 18 are immigrants or are children of immigrants. According to a recent study by the Pew Hispanic Center, in 2008, eight percent of all babies born in the US belonged to illegal immigrant parents.

    Legal Immigration to the US

    250,000 in the 1930s
    2.5 million in the 1950s
    4.5 million in the 1970s
    7.3 million in the 1980s
    10 million in the 1990s

    Since 2000, legal immigrants to the US number approximately 1,000,000 per year, of whom about 600,000 who already are in the US change their status. Legal immigrants to the US now are at their highest level ever, at just over 37,000,000. Illegal immigration may account to 1,500,000 per year with at least 700,000 illegal immigrants arriving every year. From 1990 to 2000, immigration led to a 57.4% increase in foreign born population.

    Immigration Estimates for the Future

    The Census Bureau further estimates the US population will grow from 281 million in 2000 to 397 million in 2050 with immigration, but only to 328 million with no immigration. Additionally, a new report from the Pew Research Center projects that by 2050, 47% of the population will consist of non-Hispanic whites, down from the 2005 figure of 67%. In 1960, there were 85% non-Hispanic whites. The report also foresees the Hispanic population rising from 14% in 2005 to 29% by 2050. Whereas the Asian population is expected to more than triple by 2050. Overall, the population of the US is due to rise from 296 million in 2005 to 438 million in 2050, with 82% of the increase because of immigrants.

    In 35 of Americas 50 largest cities, non-Hispanic whites were at the last census or are predicted to be in the minority. In California alone, non-Hispanic whites who were 80% of the state’s population in 1970 came down to 42.3% in 2008.

    Immigrants mostly settle in seven states, California, New York, Florida, Texas, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Illinois, that comprises about 44% of the US population on the whole. The combined total population of immigrants in these seven states is 70% of the total foreign-born population as of 2000. If the present birth rate and immigration rate is to remain the same for another 70 to 80 years, the US population would double to a staggering 600 million approximately. The Census Bureau’s estimates predict that there will be one billion Americans in 2100, compared to one million people in 1700 and 5.2 million in 1800.
     
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    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/01/us-immigration-study-idUSTRE7107XV20110201

    (Reuters) - The number of illegal immigrants in the United States leveled off at around 11 million last year, ending a two-year slide since the start of the recession, according to a study released on Tuesday.

    The study by the Pew Hispanic Center noted 11.2 million illegal immigrants living and working in the shadows in the United States in March 2010, virtually unchanged from a year earlier.

    The report, which drew on U.S. Census Bureau data, noted the number of illegal immigrants in the workforce remained steady at around 8 million.

    The leveling off last year followed a two-year slide in the population to 11.1 million in 2009 from a peak of 12 million in 2007, at the start of the U.S. recession.

    "What we have seen in the past is that the flow of unauthorized immigrants, particularly from Mexico, has been very closely tied to the state of the U.S. economy," senior demographer Jeffrey S. Passel told Reuters.

    "We've seen large drops in the inflows when the U.S. went into a recession, and large increases when the U.S. economy was booming," he added.

    The issue of what to do with the shadow population divides Americans.

    President Barack Obama backs comprehensive immigration reform, tightening enforcement while giving millions of illegal immigrants a shot at legal status, while Republicans generally favor an enforcement-only approach.

    Gridlock in Washington has led Republican legislators in a growing number of states to push measures curbing illegal immigration and challenging birthright citizenship for the immigrants' U.S.-born children.

    The study found the decline in the number of illegal immigrants has been especially marked in Colorado, Florida, New York and Virginia -- which had previously noted growth in their unauthorized population -- as well as in Arizona, Nevada and Utah.

    Passel said factors including a struggling local economy, together with local initiatives to crack down on illegal immigrants, likely contributed to the decline.

    "We can point to the economy as perhaps the principal factor ... (although) Arizona and Virginia also passed restrictive legislation to limit undocumented immigration," he said.
     
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