Maine’s immigrants and refugees — New Mainers — bring much-needed energy and vitality to our state. Our next governor must develop a comprehensive strategic plan to proactively attract and retain immigrants by welcoming them into Maine’s communities, labor force, and economy.

Recent immigrants to Maine are young, well educated, and motivated. More than 65% of immigrants who have arrived in Maine between 2010 and 2013 have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or some college level training. By advocating for immigrant needs, educating the broader community about diverse cultures and immigration issues, and providing immigrants with opportunities to work at their full potential, Maine will strengthen its economy and ability to do business with the rest of the world.