CSII Publications

Citizenship: A Wise Investment for Cities

September 17, 2014

The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) has released "Citizenship: A Wise Investment for Cities" on the civic, economic, and social benefits of naturalization in American cities.

“America’s mayors are realizing that they can and should act now to encourage naturalization and immigrant integration. This study makes the benefits for regional economies crystal clear, not only by boosting immigrants’ earnings, but for its larger positive ripple effects. We hope other mayors will recognize the deep value of this initiative.” - Manuel Pastor, CSII Director

Immigrants’ earnings are estimated by CSII to increase 8 to 11 percent after naturalization, and the report highlights many beneficial ripple effects on the broader economy.

In the report, we highlight that if only half the number of eligible immigrants were to naturalize, it would cause a maximum benefit of almost $10 billion total for the three cities over the course of a decade--specifically, from $1.2 billion to $1.8 billion in Chicago, to $1.9 billion to $3.3 billion in Los Angeles, to $2.2 billion to $4.8 billion in New York.

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For additional information, visit CitiesforCitizenship.org »

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