So many of our patients have family in other countries, or may have been born there them selves, especially in Mexico and Central America. We work with French people, Italians, Brits, people from St. Martin, the Dominican Republic, and many more. We know that mental health is what we provide, and that is what is needed to successfully weave immigrants into our community.
The World Health Organization defines mental health as:
"a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community."
This is what it takes to create a world without borders, which is our new normal, whether we know it or not.
The security system for screening the 85,000 refugees who are resettled to the US, and have been for 35 years, is the most stringent of any for people seeking to come here. Refugees resettled by the US Department of State are work authorized and documented and will naturalize in 5 years.
--29 of the 50 largest cities in the US saw a population decline between 1960 and 1980.Of the 29, 14 cities have rebounded, increasing their population between 1980 and 2013. Every single city that rebounded saw an increase in the immigrant population. NO major city over the past four decades has grown without an increase in its immigrant population.
--Between 2000 and 2013, immigrants were responsible for all of the net growth in Main Street business nationally. Nationally, immigrants own 53 percent of grocery stores, 45 percent of nail salons, 43 percent of liquor stores, 38 percent of restaurants, and 32 percent of both jewelry and clothing stores.
--this contribution holds for large businesses as well: 41% of the Fortune 500 companies were started by immigrants or the children of immigrants. 57.4% of the Fortune 500 companies from New York, where I live, were started by immigrants or the children of immigrants.
--International students are another critical resource to the national economy. Between 40 to 60% of all graduate students in STEM at American colleges and universities are international students, including: 40% of all new masters in engineering, computer science, and physical sciences 45% of all new PhD.s in life science, computer science, and physical sciences 50% of all new PhD.s in engineering 70% of all masters and Ph.D. students in electrical engineering
--Immigrants and refugees are homeowners.
--Immigrants and refugees are professionals.
--immigrants and refugees constitute a disproportionately larger share of the working age population and are over-represented in the health care and education industries.
--Immigrants and refugees are taxpayers.
--immigrants and refugees naturalize and vote.