Cleveland, OH

Thousands of Immigrants Are Moving to Northeast Ohio

Jake Wells
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The Cleveland area is welcoming thousands of immigrants. Graham Ball, Development Associate at U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), said a new federal program is expected to bring in people from countries including Venezuela, Cuba, Honduras and other countries in Central America and South America.

Joe Cimperman, the president and CEO of Global Cleveland, said, "We've been welcoming immigrants, refugees, international newcomers, since the 1850s here in Northeast Ohio and in Cleveland specifically. When you look at the number of people that are coming here from Ukraine, Cleveland is in the top six cities around the country for welcoming international newcomers. They're coming to Cleveland. They're coming to Parma. They're coming to Middleburg Heights. They're coming to Broadview Heights. They're coming to all of our communities in Northeast Ohio."

The truth is that this will help Cleveland and the surrounding communities grow as immigrants are a vital part of Ohio's economy. "When folks come here, it's not that they are taking away resources, but they are bringing resources with them. They are contributing more than they take," said Cimperman.

Immigrants make up a huge part of Ohio's workforce

In a report published on July 18 from the Ohio Business for Immigration Solutions (OBIS), new research shows that Ohio immigrants account for over 20% of the workforce.

In addition, the demand for bilingual workers across all occupations continues to expand, with job postings increasing by 106.5 percent from 2017 to 2021. Immigrants will be crucial to helping meet the demand for multilingual and culturally competent workers in the sectors that power the Ohio economy. (source)

More individuals moving to Cuyahoga County will really help the area as it has had the largest decline since 2003 with a decline of 110,542 fewer people as opposed to say Franklin County which had the largest growth with 226,164 people. (source)

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