How and why the US dominates the skilled immigrant market

Skilled immigrants

In this Washington Post article columnist, Andrew Van Dam, provides some eye opening statistics on US immigration and how the United States has “Cornered the market for skilled immigrants”.  Among the statistics:

  • “The U.S. is home to just 4.4 percent of the world’s population, but in 2010, it gained more skilled immigrants than all other countries combined.”
  • “The United States is also home to the majority of immigrant inventors, based on global patent data.” – 117,244 from 2006 to 2010.  The next closest country was Germany with 14,547 immigrant investors.
  • The US also is home to the majority of immigrant Nobel Prize Laureates.
  • ‘Additionally, immigrants represent more than half of all computer scientists, software developers, and software engineers with master’s degrees and 60 percent of all STEM workers with PhDs.’

The article also provides explanations for why the US is so attractive to immigrants including economic opportunities, top ranked universities and lower tax rates.  As an immigration lawyer, I am exposed to these types of statistics on a pretty regular basis.  My readers may not be aware of these numbers.  I thought it would be a good public service to highlight this article which provides a lot of good information and also links back to the studies that the writer referenced.  Check it out, it’s worth the quick read.

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