Georgia transformed over the past few decades as immigrants from around the world brought new workers, new entrepreneurs and new taxpayers. Nearly one in 10 Georgians today was born outside of the United States and one in five Georgians under the age of 18 has at least one immigrant parent. This growing community of foreign-born Georgians provides a powerful boost to Georgia’s economy and finances. Welcoming these newcomers with open arms, rather than alienating them through misguided hostile policies, is essential to ensuring Georgia remains an attractive state with a strong economy and high quality of life. This report describes three ways that immigrants help strengthen Georgia for the long haul.
When the state announced earlier this month that it was sitting on a mountain of tax