Report: Immigrants are making jobs, not taking them

Jul 13, 2016

Michigan’s economy should stop wasting the brainpower it already has by retaining more international students, a new report says.

Steve Tobocman is the director of Global Detroit, a non-profit that studies what makes Michigan attractive to international populations. He told Stateside that their research fights a widespread belief.

“Despite any kind of narrative that somehow immigrants are taking jobs, we know that immigrants are making jobs,” Tobocman said.

Global Detroit reports that for every graduate student with a STEM degree who stays in Michigan, 2.62 additional American jobs are created.

Tobocman joined Stateside to talk about how immigrants are helping to power Michigan’s industry.


Steve Tobocman is the director of Global Detroit.