ON-Lion Letter
"Though the available data are suggestive rather than conclusive, there is little indication that immigration to Green Bay has harmed job opportunities for native workers," according to a report from the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI) in Thiensville, Wis.

Plus, WPRI fellow David Dodenhoff notes in The Economic Impact of Immigration on Green Bay, "though the impacts are difficult to measure, Green Bay immigrants clearly have benefited the local economy by starting businesses, saving and investing money, purchasing consumable goods, hiring employees, and creating the conditions for more efficient use of capital through the provision of their labor."

The Hispanic percentage of Green Bay's population increased from 1.1% in 1990 to 10.74% in 2006, according to the study.  The foreign-born percentage of the city's population grew from 2.4% to 8.2% during the same time period.

Dodenhoff's study also finds that immigrant households in Brown County consumed more in state and local public services than they provided in tax revenues in 2000.  The available data regarding immigration's impact on local wages is inconclusive.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports WPRI.
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