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Immigration has transformed Greater Boston over the last three decades

A report co-authored by the Institute's EPPR team, the Boston Indicators project at the Boston Foundation and UMass Boston, called "Changing Faces of Greater Boston", was released today. EPPR's Mark Melnik and Gail Waterhouse contributed to the report with analysis of macro trends.

From the article:

Cities and towns outside of Boston have undergone a seismic demographic shift since 1990, adding thousands of foreign-born residents and transforming the region, research released on Wednesday shows.

Mark Melnik, director of economic and public policy research at The UMass Donahue Institute, said the fractured national discussions on immigration have largely ignored the significant contributions of foreign-born residents in local communities.

“I don’t think it’s a story that is being told very well,’’ he said, noting Boston’s booming economy. “The rhetoric around immigration does not often focus on the economic benefits.”

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