Cris Ramón on How to Build Up Immigrant Businesses

This week on JobMakers, host Denzil Mohammed talks with Cris Ramón, son of immigrants from El Salvador, immigration policy analyst, and coauthor of the new report, Immigrant Entrepreneurship: Economic Potential and Obstacles to Success published by the Bipartisan Policy Center. For the report, he scoured the nation to learn not only what immigrant entrepreneurs need, but what municipalities and the federal government can do, to help build up these businesses. The report shows that immigrants are primed to take risks due to their willingness to move to the United States, but politicians aren’t doing much to facilitate that entrepreneurial spirit. The report offers case studies, recommendations, and stories that demonstrate the value and impact immigrant business owners can bring, as you’ll learn in this week’s JobMakers.


Cristobal Ramón is a senior policy analyst with BPC’s Immigration Project. Before joining BPC, Ramón served as a research consultant on immigration integration issues with the National Immigration Forum. As a graduate student, he interned with the Migration Policy Institute, the German Marshall Fund’s Migration Program and the U.S. Helsinki Commission. Ramón is a magna cum laude graduate of Macalester College and a graduate of the master of arts in international affairs program at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where he focused on comparative U.S. – E.U. immigration policy. Ramón also researched Spain’s immigration policy as a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Madrid, Spain.

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