Asylum Seekers and New Immigrants: Economic Projections in the US and by Region

A significant increase in the number of asylum seekers and new immigrant families have arrived in United States since 2022. To better understand the long-term prospects for these newly arriving families, Immigration Research Initiative created a model to project their economic outcomes, tax contributions, and likely jobs they may get when they first arrive as well as how that may shift over time.

Below are links to reports on the different regions of New York State.

“This research offers a glimpse into the economic impact of the current wave of asylum-seeking families arriving in the United States. That’s true in New York, and it’s true around the country. Newly arriving immigrants will grow the economy and our tax base. People may take some time and need some aid in getting settled, but we ought to afford them grace and patience as they build upon the great legacy of immigrant contributions to our communities and our country as a whole,” said David Dyssegaard Kallick, Director, Immigration Research Initiative.

“For generations, immigrants moving to the United States have been vital in helping our economies and communities succeed. The current wave of immigrants arriving throughout the state will help carry this tradition into the future. This research shows how immigrants’ potential for growth and prosperity extends to everyone in the communities where they settle,” said Anthony Capote, Senior Policy Analyst, Immigration Research Initiative.

“This is a humanitarian crisis. There are immediate, emergency response needs that need to be taken care of and we’re doing it the best way we can with our limited resources. If we do this right, and stabilize these families, it’s a benefit to us in the long run. The state demographer will tell you we need people. These are people. These are people coming with families that can replace an aging workforce. The quicker we stabilize families, the faster they can contribute,” said Kathy White, Executive Director, Colorado Fiscal Institute.

“For as long as Texas has been Texas, hard working people have united—both old and recent arrivals—in pursuit of a better, more prosperous life. This data shows the centuries old reality continues to be true today. Rather than pitting recent and long-time Americans against each other, policymakers should recognize the humanity of new immigrants and asylum seekers as well as the benefit they bring to our economy.” said Jaime Puente, Director of Economic Opportunity of Every Texan.

 

National Report:

IRI Report on the United States, with State-by-State Data

 

State-Level Reports:

Colorado Report, IRI with Colorado Fiscal Institute

Massachusetts Report, IRI with Massachusetts Budget Project

Oklahoma Report, IRI with Oklahoma Policy Institute

Texas Report, IRI with Every Texan

 

IRI Reports on Regions of New York State:

Long Island

New York City

Lower Hudson Valley

Upstate New York