Baltimore City aims to grow immigrant population

Baltimore City hopes to strengthen the its immigrant population, according to a report released this week by the mayor’s office.

 Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake released the New Americans Task Force report The Role of Immigrants in Growing Baltimore, Recommendations to Retain and Attract New Americans as part of Baltimore Welcoming Week.

The report offers 32 recommendations to further strengthen Baltimore as a place of welcome, economic opportunity, and inclusion.

“As Baltimore continues to welcome new Americans, it is imperative that we recognize the unique opportunities immigrants bring to our communities,” said the mayor. “In order to continue to grow economically and socially, we must continue to work together to break down barriers and level the playing field.”

A key goal of the Rawlings-Blake administration is to grow the city by 10,000 families over the next decade, and the ever-growing immigrant population is part of that growth.

According to the report, as of 2011, more than 45,000 foreign-born immigrants call Baltimore home—75 percent of whom have arrived since 1990.

The report also reflects that immigrants have a significant impact on the local economy. Baltimore’s immigrant workers earned a median household income of more than $40,000 in 2011, totaling approximately $1 billion in wages that trickle back into the local economy.

Baltimore’s immigrant population owns more than 7,500 homes in the city, and rents another 11,700 homes.

Additionally, 21 percent of the city’s  businesses are owned by immigrants, contributing sales of approximately $1.3 billion to the local economy and helping to drive commerce within the city’s communities.

The report is the result of a collaborative effort between the Office of the Mayor, The New Americans Task Force, and The Abell Foundation.

The New Americans Task Force was established in the summer of 2013 by Blake to develop a plan to retain and attract immigrants as part of her goal to grow the city. 

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