Urban Studies Annual Forum

2017 Urban Studies Forum: Assessing the South Sound's Prospects as a Welcoming Region

Thursday, February 16, 2017
UW Tacoma, William Philip Hall

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About the Forum - Washington houses over 900,000 immigrants, accounting for one out of every 7 residents in the state. Nearly 80% of the immigrant population is between the working ages of 16 and 64.  For the native born, this figure stands at 63%. This means that even though immigrants make up 13.2% of the population, they constitute 16.7% of the active workforce, and their contribution to the economy far exceeds their level of workforce participation.  Fifteen percent of all business owners in the state are foreign born, contributing $2.4 billion to the state economy.  Based on the Immigration Policy Institute's report, "Latinos and Asians (both foreign-born and native-born) wield $44.7 billion in consumer purchasing power, and the businesses they own had sales and receipts of $22 billion and employed more than 94,000 people at last count." It is clear that not unlike the nation, the state of Washington and its economy benefit greatly from the global labor migration process. The question is what our state and local governments are doing to be considered 'welcoming regions.' What have we done well, what have we done badly, and what else can we do to remain competitive at the global level for attracting the labor needed for the new economy? These and many other related questions will be discussed by our speakers and panel of experts.

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