Immigrants work, start businesses, more than US-born

1 of every 7 Philadelphia-area small-business owner was born in India, Mexico, Korea or some other foreign country -- even though immigrants are a little less than 1/10 of the local population, says the Fiscal Policy Institute in this Census data-based report. Thanks to the Pew Philadelphia Research Initiative for the link. 

City data on Page 22 shows immigrants are an even bigger proportion of small-business owners nationally -- accounting for 900,000 of the nation's 4.9 milllion owners, or almost 1/5 of the total, even though immigrants are just 1/8 of the U.S. population.

Immigrants are also more likely to work than Americans generally -- while they're only around 13% of the population, they are 16% of the U.S. workforce.