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Looking Forward: Immigrant Contributions to the Golden State 2010Agius Vallejo

Looking Forward: Immigrant Contributions to the Golden State 2010 In collaboration with the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC), data analysts from the Program for Environmental & Regional Equity (PERE) and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) helped to produce the report Looking Forward: Immigrant Contributions to the Golden State 2010. The report provides a comprehensive data profile of the economic contributions of immigrants to California – specifically examining six regions within the state where immigrants comprise a substantial share of the population and have played an integral role in the development of the metropolitan area.

The results highlight the unique and overwhelming contributions of immigrants to the social and economic fabric of the state of California, illustrating the ways in which immigrants are intertwined with the success of the state’s powerful regional economies. The report complements past and current research by further dispelling the myth that immigrants are a drain on the economy, showing that immigrants are a vital part of California’s economy and society.

Some key findings for California include:

  • Immigrants and their children make up 41% of California’s population. Of all children in California, 48% have at least one immigrant parent.
  • In California, a full 19% of the voting-age population is non-citizen. Immigrant voters and their children could represent 29% of all future potential voters in California by 2012.
  • Immigrant households make up 27% of the total household income in California, and thus represent a substantial share of all spending power in the state.
  • Immigrants comprise more than one-third of California’s labor force (34%) and contribute about 32% of the state’s GDP. They figure prominently in the agriculture, manufacturing, and repair and personal service industries.

The full report and detailed regional profiles can be downloaded from:

Press coverage of Looking Forward: Immigrant Contributions to the Golden State:

Fresno Bee: Study points to Valley immigrants' contributions
La Prensa San Diego: New Report Details California Immigrant Contributions
San Ramon Express: Half of Bay Area children have one immigrant parent
Vida En La Valle: Report: Immigrants' contributions to economy abound
Fox Reno: Report: Immigrants Contribute Greatly To California
Mercury News: Report: Calif. immigrant men more likely employed
SF Appeal: Study: Half The Kids In The Bay Area Have An Immigrant Parent