Illegal immigrants in North Carolina accounted for about 3.6 percent of the state’s population in 2012, which would be about 350,000 people, the Pew Hispanic Center reported
. Unauthorized immigrants made up about 5.2 percent of the state’s labor force with some 250,000 workers in 2012.
The contribution to state and local taxes in 2010 from illegal immigrants amounted to more than $253 million, according to information from the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy
. This includes state income taxes, property taxes, and sales taxes.
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Legal status for unauthorized immigrants would increase their tax contributions in North Carolina to more than $336 million. The state would lose about $14.5 billion in economic activity if unauthorized immigrants were removed from the state, according to a report from the Perryman Group
The American Immigration Council noted
that were 15,943 foreign students in North Carolina during the 2013-2014 academic year, according to the Association of International Educators. They contributed some $416 million to the state’s economy through tuition and living expenses.
The Migration Policy Institute reported that the number of immigrants in North Carolina with college degrees increased by 99.1 percent between 2000 and 2011.
In a 2009 report from the Partnership for a New American Economy
, it was determined that unauthorized immigrants made up more than 30 percent of master’s degrees and more than 30 percent of doctorate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
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The immigrant population in North Carolina more than doubled the rate of the national average between 2000 and 2010, according to MaptheImpact.org
. Latino immigrants increased from 1.2 percent of the state population in 1990 to 8.4 percent in 2010. Asians also make up a significant part of the immigrant population.
More than 8 percent of business owners in North Carolina were immigrants in 2010. Immigrant-owned businesses contributed some $1.7 billion to the state’s economy each year from 2006 to 2010.
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