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Immigrants Are a 'Significant' Entrepreneurial Force

Immigrants of all races are more likely to be self-employed compared to their U.S.-born counterparts.
White immigrants are most likely to be self-employed.
White immigrants are most likely to be self-employed. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Minorities are more entrepreneurial than people give them credit for. Immigrants, in particular, are “a significant force in self-employment and in creating jobs,” according to a new Pew Research Center study of Census data.   

Foreign-born workers are slightly more likely than U.S.-born ones to be self-employed in independent for-profit ventures. In 2014, immigrants made up a substantial chunk (19 percent) of the 14.6 million self-employed workers in the country. (For context: foreign-born workers make up around 17 percent of the U.S. workforce and are generally more likely to be employed than U.S.-born ones, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.)