Recognizing the unique benefits added to Cleveland by recent refugees, this morning Councilman Cimperman attended a press conference held by the Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland, a new partnership between over a dozen Cleveland organizations aimed at better serving the rising number of refugees in Northeast Ohio.
Outlining a study conducted by the Collaborative and funded by a grant from the Cleveland Foundation, economist Daniel Meges described how the roughly $4.8 million a year invested in helping refugees resettle in the Cleveland area results in a $48 million economic impact in the area. The study also concluded that the at least 38 new business started by refugees in the past ten years yielded a total impact of 175 jobs and $12 million in spending in the Cleveland area in 2012.
Beyond economic benefits, new refugees also contribute to Cleveland’s cultural diversity. The study recognized that between 2000 and 2012, the most refugees in the Cleveland area came from Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa, respectively. The study also showed that recent refugees thrive in Cleveland, with most finding employment within five months and enjoying a higher employment rate that the overall refugee community in the United States.
Councilman Cimperman welcomes Cleveland’s refugee population and looks forward to serving them along with his other constituents.