Immigrants contribute to Missouri's Economy

(KMAland) -- Immigrants play a key role in the economy, according to a new study.

The Partnership for a New American Economy report shows Missouri's immigrant population contributes $7 billion in wages and salaries to the state's economy annually, and those residents pay close to $2 million in taxes each year.

Betsy Cohen, executive director of the St. Louis Mosaic Project, says immigrants are far more likely to own a business in the state, which has a ripple effect on the number of homes being bought and children being enrolled in public schools.

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