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Immigrants are integral to New Jersey’s economy as students.

  • New Jersey’s 14,246 foreign students contributed $414.7 million to the state’s economy in tuition, fees, and living expenses for the 2009-2010 academic year, according to NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Naturalized citizens excel educationally. 

  • In New Jersey, 40% of foreign-born persons who were naturalized U.S. citizens in 2009 had a bachelor’s or higher degree, compared to 30.5% of noncitizens. At the same time, only 15.5% of naturalized citizens lacked a high-school diploma, compared to 28.6% of noncitizens.
  • The number of immigrants in New Jersey with a college degree increased by 45.3% between 2000 and 2009, according to data from the Migration Policy Institute.
  • 35.6% of New Jersey’s foreign-born population age 25 and older had a bachelor’s or higher degree in 2009, compared to 34.1% of native-born persons age 25 and older.
  • In New Jersey, 87.4% of children with immigrant parents were considered “English proficient” as of 2009, according to data from the Urban Institute.
  • The English proficiency rate among Asian children in New Jersey was 88.2%, while for Latino children it was 85.8%, as of 2009.