Contribution to growth: Immigrants
The net change in population by nativity and the share of the net change in population attributable to immigrants. Shares of net change are restricted to range between 0 and 100 percent and are not reported when there was a net decline in both the U.S.-born and immigrants. The U.S.-born includes all people who identify as being born in the United States (including U.S. territories and outlying areas), or born abroad of at least one U.S. citizen parent. Immigrants include all people who identify as being born abroad, outside of the United States, of non-U.S. citizen parents. Data for 2015 represents a 2011-2015 average. For more information, see the data and methods document. | National Equity Atlas Data & Methods: Technical Documentation
Change in population by nativity:
Which groups are driving growth?
Why it matters
Immigration is a significant driver of population growth nationwide, and in many distressed communities, new immigrants are fueling neighborhood revitalization and business growth. Policies that increase access to education, services, and living-wage jobs for immigrants, and remove barriers to their full and equal participation, will help communities thrive.
Grow an equitable economy: Policies to promote immigrant inclusion
- Support immigration reforms that offer a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants
- Include immigrants by ensuring access to health care, driver’s licenses, in-state tuition, and municipal ID cards regardless of immigration status
- Enact strong language access policies requiring interpretation and translation services for English language learners
- Facilitate naturalization among green-card holders
- Limit the participation of local law enforcement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- Extend voting rights to residents who are not citizens
- Build multiracial alliances, coalitions, and movements to advance pro-immigrant policy
New Haven’s Municipal ID Card Creates Community
In 2007, New Haven launched the Elm City Resident’s Card and became the first city to issue a municipal ID card as a strategy to protect and integrate its growing immigrant population into the community. The city’s undocumented residents were targets of crime because they carried large amounts of money with them since they did not have bank accounts. The card provides access to a host of services, from banking to parking to checking out library books to more than 10,000 residents. The Elm City card has fostered a sense of community among all its residents, and contributed to the reduction of crime in the area by 20 percent. Read more.