New Tool Shows Economic Impact on Immigration Reform
August 22nd, 2013 by Jennifer Frankel
While studying in the US can be a significant investment for international students, investing in international students themselves can have a huge return on investment for the US economy as a whole. New research compiled by NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, reveals that the US is missing the proverbial boat when it comes to this powerful source of both financial and intellectual capital. Which, it seems, is exactly the point.
The data, which was released as part of the organization’s International Student Economic Value Tool and draws on international student data from Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Report and economic data from the Wintergreen Orchard House, breaks down the economic contribution of international students on a regional, state-by-state, and congressional district level. This research thus serves as a lobbying tool that NAFSA hopes will convince reluctant supporters of immigration reform that such reform is in the best interest of all parties. Read the rest of this entry »