The Danger of Devaluing Immigrants
Impacts on the U.S. Economy and Society
by Fariborz Ghadar
November 2022, 350pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7933-3
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More than 40 million people living in the United States are foreign-born—a greater number than in any other country in the world.

Despite deep divisions on the issue of immigration, this book shows that immigration promotes economic innovation, expands the job market, and contributes to diversity and creativity in the United States.

Immigration, as a conduit for bringing new talent, ideas, and inventions into the United States, is essential to the success and vitality of our economy and society. In this timely book, researched and written by the Immigration Book Project Team at Penn State University, immigration is approached from historical, economic, business, and sociological perspectives in order to argue that treatment of immigrants must reflect and applaud their critical roles in supporting and leading the economic, social, cultural, and political institutions of civil society.

Approaching immigration as both a socioeconomic phenomenon and a matter of public policy, The Danger of Devaluing Immigrants offers demographics and statistics on workforce participation and job creation along with stories of individual immigrants’ contributions to the economy and society. It supports the idea that, when immigration is challenged in the political sphere, we must not lose sight of the valuable contributions that immigrants have made—and will continue to make—to our democracy.


  • Approaches immigration from many perspectives: economic, business, historical, and sociological
  • Investigates the substantial roles of immigrants in critical industries and sectors across the U.S. economy
  • Emphasizes the bimodal nature of attitudes toward immigrants depending on their education and skill level and abilities
  • Includes personal stories and case studies from immigrants
  • Draws on the expertise of a team from the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University
Fariborz Ghadar is a distinguished scholar and senior adviser at The Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is also the William A. Schreyer Professor of Global Management, Policies, and Planning and founding director of the Center for Global Business Studies at Penn State University. He is a leading authority on future business trends, global economic assessment, international finance and banking, and global corporate strategy and implementation. Ghadar received the Weyerhaeuser Educator of the Year Award and CIO Magazine's Global Leaders Award. He authored Becoming American: Why Immigration Is Good for Our Nation's Future and has authored or edited 12 books on global economic topics.


“In the midst of deep political and social divisions in the United States, clear-headed assessments of why immigration is critical to the nation’s future are more important than ever. In this well-researched and well-documented book, Fariborz Ghadar highlights the essential contributions of immigrants to all sectors of the U.S. economy and provides a compelling, balanced, and forward-looking vision of what migration represents to the future stability and prosperity of the country.”—Erik R. Peterson, Managing Director, Global Business Policy Council, Kearney

"Dr. Ghadar provides a concise yet sweeping review of U.S. immigration and its positive socioeconomic impact on industries critical to its economic success. With a vast array of real-world examples, Ghadar reminds the reader of the urgency to create a system that provides a legal means of entrance and egress that would prove a boon to all involved. To make America a beacon of freedom and opportunity for immigrants is not only an ideal, it is a requirement to ensure the viability of almost every economic sector in the United States."—Robert Joyce, Past Chairman, Kemper Corporation

"Fariborz Ghadar has been a tireless thought leader in helping us all understand the value of immigration. This book strongly reinforces his position that immigrants make invaluable contributions to American innovation, the American economy, and the American dream. This book elevates current debates surrounding immigration and calls for the implementation of a comprehensive U.S. immigration policy that, instead of working against the country's best interests, remains true to American values and economic success." —Laura Kohler, Chief Sustainability and DEI Officer, Board of Directors, Kohler Company
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