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Immigrants and International Students in New York City


Immigrants have long been an integral part of New York City. With more than 3 million foreign-born residents and over 40,000 international students, New York City has been called the "most immigrant-friendly city in the world."

This month's Economic Snapshot reveals that the New York metropolitan region is home to more international students than any other metropolitan region in the U.S., making it a hub for foreign talent. 

Some of the interesting trends revealed in the report:

  • Foreign-born residents comprise almost 40 percent of NYC's total population and almost 45 percent of the City's working-age population. 

  • International students in NYC injected more than $1.4 billion into the economy from 2010-2011 through tuition fees, living expenses, and the costs incurred by their dependents.
  • The NYC metro region requested nearly 53,000 H-1B visas from 2010 to 2011, just over 16% of the national total—making it the city with the largest share of H-1B visas in the nation.
  • New York City has more immigrants from the Dominican Republic than from any other country. 

Read the full report on immigrant and international students in New York City in the November Economic Snapshot. For previous Economic Snapshots, visit our economic data archive on the Economic and Research Analysis page



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