A new report by the Immigration Policy Center shows Michigan's immigrant population growing, excelling educationally and contributing to the state's economy.
Using the latest census data, the report shows that in 2010, immigrants made up 6 percent of the state's population or 587,747 persons. This compares to 1990 when the figure was 3.8%.
Educationally, 36.8% of Michigan's foreign born population age 25 or older held a bachelor's degree or higher in 2009. This compares with 23.6% of native born persons age 25 and older.
Governor Snyder has already called for changes to allow for educated immigrant populations to enter and remain in the United States. And, one of the assets of vibrant 21st Century communities according to the MML "Center for 21st Century Communities" program is multiculturalism.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.