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2 Stocks to Profit from Immigration

The influx of immigrants into the U.S. has been great for business. And investors can profit from immigration with these two stocks.

American Flag representing immigration into the U.S.

There are several Key Demographic Trends that I believe will provide the next great investing profits. And today, I want to focus on how to profit from immigration—that is, the investing opportunities that have emerged from the influx of immigrants into the U.S.

Without getting embroiled in the pros vs. cons of immigration, it makes sense to look at it from a business point of view. Immigration is a fact of life. The media primarily focuses on the human interest as well as the economics of immigration, but the reporters rarely address the overlying statistics of the immigration trend and what effect immigration has on the business climate over time.


Let’s start with a few statistics:

  • International migration reached 281 million in 2020, up from 243 million in 2015, despite migration drags caused by the pandemic.
  • The U.S. immigrant population increased from 10 million (5% of the population) in 1970 to 51 million (13.7%) in 2020, while the native-born population growth continues to slow. Three states, in fact, experienced population declines last decade, the highest number since the 1980s.
  • Roughly one in five Americans is a first- or second-generation immigrant.

And no surprise, but you can see by the chart below that the immigration trend has steadily increased since the mid-1800s.

Want to profit from immigration? There's never been a better time, according to this U.S. population chart.

But what may be surprising to you are these stats:

  • Among startup companies that were valued at more than $1 billion in 2016, half were founded by immigrants.
  • Among Fortune 500 companies, 40% were founded by immigrants or their children.

Just take a look at the following graph, which depicts the applications for H-1B visas—those filed by professionals with higher education and specialized knowledge who want to come to the U.S.

Profit from immigration, and you may make as much money as these immigrants.

As you can see, more than 30% of those applicants are very educated folks who will earn north of $100,000 per year—and those professionals are highly skilled contributors to our growing economy.

Immigrants, specifically, are driving investment opportunities in three fields:

1. Higher education institutions. As the following chart depicts, the education level for immigrants is rapidly increasing, providing rising enrollment for colleges and universities, as well as for-profit private education providers.


2. Housing. According to, immigrants have added $3.7 trillion to U.S. housing wealth, boosting the home building, home resales, and rental markets.

3. Technology

a. Immigrants make up 17% of the U.S. workforce...

b. File one-third of the patents...

c. Account for more than one-third of U.S. workers with a Ph.D. in one of the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math.

d. One study found, “more than half of the high-skilled technology workers and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley are foreign-born.”

Sounds to me that we have some incredible opportunities to profit from immigration. With that in mind, I searched for companies in each of these three niches (for-profit education stocks, housing stocks, technology stocks), looking for fundamentally sound businesses, with catalysts that could move their stocks. I found about 25 companies that looked interesting, and from there, I winnowed the list down to the top two that showed growing sales and profits, minimal debt, and market leadership in their fields.

2 Stocks to Profit from Immigration

First, hailing from the housing sector, is Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. (MAA).

MAA has ownership interest in 101,986 apartment units, including communities currently in development, across 16 states and the District of Columbia. It focuses on the ownership, management, acquisition, development and redevelopment of quality apartment communities in the Southeast, Southwest, and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The company is well-diversified across more than 30 markets in the Sunbelt, and offers substantial economies of scale due to its size. For its recent quarter, revenues rose to $529 million. Since the pandemic-induced February-March 2020 market crash, the stock has nearly doubled even as it’s been knocked back considerably from its December 2021 highs along with most stocks.

As you can see in the chart below, shares have been trading in a tightening range for all of 2023 and are hoping to find support in the 140 range where it appeared both in October of 2022 and earlier this year.


Our second recommendation, from the tech realm, is FormFactor, Inc. (FORM). FormFactor manufactures probe cards, analytical probes, probe stations, integrated measurement systems, and thermal sub-systems, and sells its products in the United States, Taiwan, South Korea, China, Japan, Europe, the Asia-Pacific and internationally. FormFactor is expected to see 20% annual growth over the next five years. The stock has surged over 39% so far this year on the heels of a rally in technology stocks (and after FORM itself lost 50% in 2022).

The stock continues to carry a consensus buy rating from covering analysts with an average price target of 39. Shares have been trending well since last October (although they’ve been volatile) and are likely to strengthen with the broader market.


These two “immigration stocks” look attractive from a fundamental and demographic standpoint, although both would benefit from some technical momentum. As always, please make sure they fit your personal investment strategies and goals before jumping in. But they’re prime examples of how to profit from immigration.


*This post has been updated from an original version, published in 2019.

Nancy Zambell has spent 30 years educating and helping individual investors navigate the minefields of the financial industry. She has created and/or written numerous investment publications, including UnDiscovered Stocks, UnTapped Opportunities, and Nancy Zambell’s Buried Treasures under $10. Nancy has worked with for many years as an editor and interviewer for their on-site video studios.