The Greater Boston metropolitan area, which has the twelfth-largest economy for any metropolitan region in the world, has in its restaurants, hotels and nursing homes, almost 50 percent of immigrant employees. Among software engineers, scientists and doctors, one in three in this Massachusetts city were born in an overseas country.
It is reported that economy of Greater Boston depends on immigrants much more than the United States as a whole. The city’s immigrant workers are said to have provided most of the city’s market force growth rate in recent years, and to keep it going it needs a regular inflow of immigrant workers, said a report released on 18 May by MIT researchers.
The Boston Globe quotes the MIT study as saying that of the workforce in the 25-64 age group in the Boston area, 27 percent were born in a foreign country, as against 18 percent for the overall workforce of the US. Besides, of these immigrants, 41 percent have college degrees and most of them have been residing in the US for over a decade.
Paul Osterman, the MIT management professor who headed the study, said that it was difficult for them to imagine Boston’s economy being successful without immigration. He said that the city’s economy would get a shot in the arm if immigration is increased further.