Atlanta Business Chronicle
Date: Thursday, June 9, 2011, 9:17am EDT – Last Modified: Thursday, June 9, 2011, 11:15am EDT
The majority of immigrants who come to metro Atlanta are mid- to high-skilled, according to liberal think tank Brookings Institution.
In the newly published “The Geography of Immigrant Skills: Educational Profiles of Metropolitan Areas” report, Brookings analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) for the nation’s 100 largest metros.
It found that in Atlanta, there are 119 high-skilled immigrants for every 100 low-skilled immigrants.
The report also estimated there are 713,333 immigrants living in metro Atlanta — some 13 percent of the area’s total population. The breakdown by skill level:
Low — 152,799, or 26 percent
Mid — 238,983, or 41.6 percent
High — 182,534, or 31.8 percent
Nationally, more immigrants (30 percent) have at least a bachelor’s degree than lack a high-school diploma (28 percent), Brookings said. Forty-four of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas are high-skilled immigrant destinations, where college-educated immigrants outnumber immigrants without high school diplomas by at least 25 percent.
“Nearly one in six workers in our country was born somewhere else,” said Audrey Singer, a Brookings senior fellow and co-author of the report, in a statement. “Low- and high-skilled immigration has grown nationally, but the mix varies across metropolitan areas. High-skilled immigrants cluster in coastal metros like Seattle and Washington, D.C., and in older industrial metros like Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Detroit, and Cleveland. Lower-skilled immigrants are more strongly represented in metro areas in the Southwest border states and in places with the fastest-growing immigrant populations, particularly in the Southeast.”
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