Studies

by Mike Masnick




Educated Immigrants Driving Innovation And Creating New Jobs

from the well,-look-at-that... dept

We've talked a great deal about why getting more educated immigrants into the US is a good idea. For some reason, way too many people assume that the job market is a zero-sum game, and that if a foreign person gets a job that somehow means one less job for an American. However, that doesn't appear to be the case. If that foreigner is helping to grow the market, it can often lead to a lot more demand. That's why it was good to see Congress at least appear willing to let in more skilled foreigners, especially in the area of high tech jobs. A recent Kauffman Foundation study supports this, by looking at foreign-born entrepreneurs, and noting that many of them came to the US as highly skilled, highly educated individuals in need of a job -- but later decided to start their own companies. In other words, they ended up creating many more jobs, rather than "taking jobs away." Yet, for some reason, many anti-immigration people would rather these individuals create those jobs in foreign countries and help those economies rather than our own.

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    joesmilee, 22 Jun 2007 @ 6:07am

    Re: Are they here to help us.

    All of this is BS........

    First of all uneployment is VERY LOW, which translates to several things one being there are not enough americans to employ, therefore we MUST bring in assistance.

    As far as hiring, it depends on what market you are in. AS an American I am proud of our country and MOST of our people. But we have created a monster in the LAZY department at all levels and accross all verticals. I would not know where to begin to evaluate this problem in an effort to resolve it, its too big for me and I work.

    What I can do is help those who are uneployed find work - if they are willing to work, which in most cases they have unrealistic expecations regarding thier ability to do a job.

    Immigrant owned firms also have the issue of not enough people to fill jobs. And they do hire americans. I can think of thousands of examples from Resturants, Gas stations, LAbor firms, trade firms, high tech firms ETC ETC ETC.

    Lastly, we do have an educaiton problem in this country. Too many people rely on our press and entertainment industry for facts and not enough people are going the extra mile to learn about history... this is important as History repeats itself. Not to mention higher education as a whole. I wish our people "TRUE AMERICANS", would begin to address our issues based on complexity, and begin to formulate real plans to solve them. START WITH OUR EXPECTATIONS OF OUR CHILDREN. YOUR CHILDREN. Be a good parent - may be that should be the next Government initiative... How to be a good parent act.

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