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The Arrival of the Immigrant Entrepreneur

The Arrival of the Immigrant Entrepreneur

Daniel Wilmoth, Ph.D. for the U.S. SBA Office of Advocacy

First published October 6, 2016

Over the last 20 years, the role of immigrant entrepreneurs has grown. The percentage of the self-employed who were born abroad more than doubled between 1994 and 2015, growing from 8.6 percent to 19.5 percent. This report shows that the growth was caused by three changes—an increase in the size of the population born abroad, an increase in self-employment among those born abroad, and a decrease in self-employment overall.

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