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Report · June 1999

Silicon Valley’s New Immigrant Entrepreneurs

AnnaLee Saxenian

Immigration has always been an important policy issue for California,  However, researchers and policymakers have focused most of their attention on low-skilled immigrants.  This study focuses, instead, on the highly skilled immigrant entrepreneurs who are managing high-tech firms in Silicon Valley.  Chinese and Indian computer scientists and engineers were running one-quarter of the region’s high-tech firms in 1998.  In that year alone, these firms accounted for nearly $17 billion in sales and over 58,000 jobs.


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