On Tuesday, January 8, Chancellor Joel E. Anderson participated in a press conference and discussion panel for the release of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation’s A Profile of Immigrants in Arkansas 2013. The researchers of the three volume study examined the economic and social contributions of immigrants in Arkansas, as well as trends of growth in the immigrant population and migration. Key findings include:
- Arkansas has the fourth fastest-growing immigrant population in the U.S.
- For every dollar spent on immigrants, the state’s economy gains seven dollars.
- Immigrant Latino men had the highest employment rate of any group, native-born or immigrant.
- Arkansas has the second largest Marshallese population outside of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Chancellor Anderson served as a reviewer of the study. In his remarks he emphasized the importance of recognizing the value of opening access to children of undocumented families, many of whom were brought here as small children through no fault of their own.