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Ghadar to Release Book Discussing Immigration's Benefits

Penn State Smeal College of Business Professor Fariborz Ghadar has authored a book dispelling common immigration myths and explaining why immigration is imperative to the United States’ continued prosperity. "Becoming American: Why Immigration is Good for Our Nation’s Future" is slated for a March release from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
February 18, 2014

Penn State Smeal College of Business Professor Fariborz Ghadar has authored a book dispelling common immigration myths and explaining why immigration is imperative to the United States’ continued prosperity.

Becoming American: Why Immigration is Good for Our Nation’s Future is slated for a March release from Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

“Immigrants generate revenue through buying power and through paying taxes, as well as through creating jobs in America.”

Ghadar’s book opens with the debunking of numerous misconceptions about immigration, including the commonly held believe that immigrants are a drain on the U.S. economy.

In fact, Ghadar argues, “Immigrants generate revenue through buying power and through paying taxes, as well as through creating jobs in America.” He continues, “Although many undocumented immigrants currently pay lower taxes because they work off the books, their purchasing power allots for the sustainment of hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs.”

Throughout his book, Ghadar argues that immigration is one factor that makes the American economy strong—particularly in drawing the best and brightest individuals from across the world. But as the U.S. tightens its borders, other countries with friendlier immigration policies are attracting more of that top talent.

This becomes more concerning as the U.S. workforce—predominantly living longer and having fewer children—continues to age. Ghadar writes that by 2018, “only 12.7 percent of the labor force will be aged sixteen to twenty-four.”

Ghadar, himself an immigrant, offers a personal approach to his study. Not only does he tell his own story, but he also shares narratives of some of our nation’s most successful immigrants.

“An American by choice, Fariborz Ghadar offers an unblinking perspective on the challenges and aspirations of immigrants, weaving together concrete analysis and personal narrative into an insightful book with useful policy prescriptions,” said John Hamre, chief executive officer of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Becoming American will become available in March 2014. It can be ordered online at www.rowman.com.

Ghadar is the William A. Schreyer Professor of Global Management, Policies, and Planning and the founding director of the Center for Global Business Studies at the Penn State Smeal College of Business. He is also a senior advisor and distinguished scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Iranian born, Ghadar became a U.S. citizen in 1979.

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