As we know from our work in the Atlanta area, Georgia has a large and growing immigrant population. According to a new fact sheet, one in 10 Georgians was born abroad. One in 13 Georgians is a native-born U.S. citizen with a least one parent who is an immigrant.
The American Immigration Council, an organization that attempts to challenge misinformation with research and analysis, released the fact sheet in August. Their high-level, state-by-state look at immigration statistics focuses on general population trends and the impact immigrants have on the state’s economy. The key takeaways help provide a more nuanced picture of immigration in Georgia.
More than 1 million immigrants call Georgia home
- Georgia is home to 502,347 women, 493,737 men and 67,989 children who are immigrants, according to 2018 population numbers.
- Seven percent of Georgians are U.S. native-born citizens with at least one parent who is an immigrant.
- Of Georgia immigrants, 22 percent come from Mexico. India, Jamaica, Korea and Guatemala are other top countries of origin.
- Most immigrants in Georgia—78 percent—report speaking English “well” or “very well.”
Immigration status in Georgia is complex, even within families
- More than two in five immigrants in Georgia (480,192 people) are naturalized citizens, according to 2018 numbers.
- In 2016, 36 percent of the immigrant population was undocumented, or 4 percent of the total state population.
- More than 180,000 immigrants were eligible to become naturalized citizens in 2017.
- In 2016, 1 in 13 kids in Georgia was a U.S. citizen living with one or more undocumented family member.
- As of early this year, nearly 21,000 Georgians were active Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients.
Immigrants play a major part in Georgia’s economy
- More than a third of Georgia’s immigrant population is highly educated, with a college degree or more. Conversely, one quarter of the immigrant population has less than a high school degree.
- In 2018, 13 percent of Georgia’s labor force was immigrant workers, concentrated in manufacturing, construction, retail, health care and social assistance, accommodation and food services
- For the construction industry, 23 percent of all industry workers were immigrants.
- In 2018, immigrant-led households paid $6.6 billion in federal taxes and $3.2 billion in state and local taxes.
- The after-tax income, or spending power, of immigrant-led households was $26.3 billion.
The American Immigration Council also created an infographic version of some of these same statistics, focusing on the economic and entrepreneurial impact of immigrants in Georgia.
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We’re here to assist with all of you and your family’s immigration needs. The attorneys at Antonini & Cohen understand the stakes in fighting to seek and achieve the American Dream. Antonini & Cohen has been successfully representing immigrant clients for many years. Visit us online or call us at (404) 850-9394 for assistance with any immigration issue you’re facing.
Marshall Cohen is one of the founding principals of Antonini & Cohen. Admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1989, he has practiced immigration law exclusively for over 30 years. Mr. Cohen practices all areas of immigration law including family and employment cases, temporary and permanent visas, naturalization, deportation defense, and federal litigation.