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US immigrants behind 36%of nation's innovations

The number of innovations produced by the immigrants was found to be double the number of their population.

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A paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research claims that immigrant innovators in the US are "significantly" more prolific than innovators who were born in the country.‌‌

The research suggests that immigrants, who make up 16 percent of the nation's inventors, can be held responsible for about 36 percent of the innovative output of the last three decades, which is more than double their population.

Nearly a quarter of all patents are directly the result of foreign-born innovators, and their work indirectly influences additional discoveries made by US-born experts.‌‌

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