New Americans in Michigan: their political and economic power



The Political and Economic Power of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians in Michigan

Immigrants, Latinos, Asians and Arab Americans account for large and growing shares of the economy and the electorate in Michigan. Immigrants make up more than 6% of the state’s population, and roughly 47% of them are naturalized U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote. “New Americans”—immigrants and the children of immigrants—account for 5.2% of all registered voters in the state. Latinos and Asians account for 6.4% of Michiganians and wield $18 billion in consumer purchasing power. At last count, the sales and receipts of businesses owned by Latinos and Asians totaled more than $8 billion and employed more than 60,000 people. Michigan is also home to the largest proportion of Arab Americans in the country, who generate an estimated $544 million in state tax revenue each year. Immigrant, Latino, Asian, and Arab American workers, consumers, and entrepreneurs are integral to Michigan’s economy and tax base.

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