Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center: Licenses for Immigrant Drivers in Massachusetts

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Immigrants make important contributions to the Massachusetts economy. They spend income as consumers and contribute to state and local taxes.Yet, they often face barriers to full inclusion and economic stability. For instance, many immigrants with specific training and credentials from their home country have a difficult time finding jobs in their field because these foreign credentials often aren’t recognized here. And due to budget cuts, many immigrants seeking to improve their skills are left on waiting lists for high-demand programs like adult basic education and English language learner classes.2 Additionally, many residents in Massachusetts are unable to drive because of their immigration status, further impeding their integration into our communities and our economy.

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