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FRONTLINES

Figure 5
Chemistry, Medicine,
and Physics, since
the Year 2000

35%
65%
Native Born

65%

Immigrant

35%

Source: Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, National Foundation for American Policy, George Mason University Institute for Immigration Research.

Cancer Researchers
If there is one group of immigrants most Americans
would likely welcome above all others it is cancer researchers. To focus in-depth on a specific area of scientific
contribution by immigrants, I examined the biographies
of approximately 1,500 cancer researchers at the top seven
cancer research centers in the United States (measured by
grants from the National Cancer Institute). The research
showed that 42 percent of the researchers at the top seven
cancer research centers are foreign-born, a remarkable
figure considering only 13 percent of the U.S. population
is foreign-born.5
The influence of foreign-born researchers is quite
large at some of the leading cancer institutions in the
United States. At the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 62 percent of the cancer researchers
are immigrants. At Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
Center in New York, 56 percent of the researchers are
foreign-born.6
Many of the researchers come from countries that
would have been effectively barred from immigration to
the United States prior to the repeal of the national origins quotas and elimination of the Asiatic Barred Zone.
Twenty-one percent of the cancer researchers at the top
seven cancer research institutes were born in China, while
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Immigrant Researchers
at America's Top Cancer Centers

Cancer Research Center

Percentage of Cancer
Researchers Who Are
Foreign-Born

University of Texas MD
Anderson Cancer Center

62 percent

Memorial Sloan-Kettering
Cancer Center

56 percent

Fox Chase Cancer Center

44 percent

Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel
Comprehensive Cancer Center

35 percent

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

33 percent

UCSF Helen Diller Family
Comprehensive Cancer Center

32 percent

Fred Hutchinson Cancer
Research Center

30 percent

Source: National Foundation for American Policy, cancer center websites, direct contact with
individual researchers and cancer center staff. Analysis of approximately 1,500 biographies
of cancer researchers on staff at the 7 comprehensive cancer centers that received the
highest amount of P30 grants from the National Cancer Institute in 2010.


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