The impact of immigrants and refugees on federal and Ohio economies is a hotly contested issue. Some argue that this influx of people draws too heavily on resources needed by the existing populations of these areas. However, others point out that immigrants and refugees may in fact play a positive role in these economies.
A strong immigrant and refugee population can play a key part in expanding Ohio’s economy and foreign trade potential, states Joy Roller, the president of Global Cleveland. She argues that the presence of these people can revitalize and create local markets and industries, and that the area will not be able to compete internationally if immigrants and refugees are ostracized.