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Citizen Gain: The Economic Benefits of Naturalization for Immigrants and the Economy

Updated December 15, 2012 | From USC Equity Research Institute

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This report finds that citizenship alone can boost individual earnings by 8 to 11 percent, leading to a potential $21-45 billion increase in cumulative earnings over ten years that will have ripple effects on the national economy.

Given the mutual gains to immigrants and the nation, Citizen Gain identified several barriers to citizenship and offered best practices to encourage naturalization. They include government lowering the fees for naturalization, community groups and banks partnering to offer microloans to ease the fees, businesses offering workplace English language courses, municipalities promoting citizenship, and more.

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