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New Americans In The Last Frontier: Immigrants, Latinos, And Asians Are Growing Economic And Political Force In Alaska

by Mary Giovagnoli et. al of the Immigration Policy Center

Washington D.C. - The Immigration Policy Center has compiled research which shows that immigrants, Latinos, and Asians are an important part of Alaska's economy, labor force, and tax base.  Immigrants and their children are a growing economic and political force as consumers, taxpayers, and entrepreneurs. With the nation working towards economic recovery, immigrants and their children will continue to play a key role in shaping the economic and political future of states like the Last Frontier.

Highlights from Alaska include:   
  •  Immigrants made up 7.2% (or 48,928 people) of Alaska's population in 2007.
  • 51.2% of immigrants in 2007 (or 25,046 people) in Alaska were naturalized U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote.

  • Latinos accounted for 5.6% (or 38,275) and Asians 4.8% (or 32,807) of Alaskans in 2007.

  • The purchasing power of Latinos totaled $1.2 billion and Asian buying power totaled $1.1 billion in Alaska in 2009.

  • If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Alaska, the state could lose $484.7 million in expenditures, $215.3 million in economic output, and approximately 1,980 jobs. 
There is no denying the contributions immigrants, Latinos, and Asians make in Alaska and the important role they will play in the state's political and economic future. For more data on their contributions to the Last Frontier, view the IPC fact sheet in its entirety:  

  • New Americans in the Last Frontier (Alaska)
  • Read more about immigrant contributions in other states:

    About The Author

    Mary Giovagnoli is the Director of the Immigration Policy Center. Prior to IPC, Mary served as Senior Director of Policy for the National Immigration Forum and practiced law as an attorney with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security—serving first as a trial attorney and associate general counsel with the INS, and, following the creation of DHS, as an associate chief counsel for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Mary specialized in asylum and refugee law, focusing on the impact of general immigration laws on asylees. In 2005, Mary became the senior advisor to the Director of Congressional Relations at USCIS. She was also awarded a Congressional Fellowship from USCIS to serve for a year in Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s office where she worked on comprehensive immigration reform and refugee issues. Mary attended Drake University, graduating summa cum laude with a major in speech communication. She received a master’s degree in rhetoric and completed additional graduate coursework in rhetoric at the University of Wisconsin, before receiving a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She spent more than ten years teaching public speaking, argumentation and debate, and parliamentary procedure while pursuing her education.

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