How Immigration Policy Shapes Maryland’s Communities, Economy

January 31, 2017 by MDCEP in Blog, Budget and Tax, Economic Opportunity

The Maryland we know today exists because of people who came here, and continue to come here, from around the world to build their lives and raise their families. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Baltimore’s port was second only to Ellis Island in the numbers of new immigrants who came here seeking a better life. While the countries of origin may have changed, Maryland has continued to be a place where immigrants and refugees find safety, community, and opportunity.

This history has helped to create the economically and culturally thriving community we have in Maryland today. As the debate about immigration and refugee policy continues on the national stage, it’s worth keeping in mind the many ways we all benefit from our state’s long legacy as a welcoming community.

The following are highlights of our past analysis looking at how immigration policy affects our state and local economies: