GAO projects substantial reduction in NMI’s GDP without CW-1 workers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — If all foreign workers in the Northern Mariana Islands with CNMI-Only Transitional Worker, or CW-1, permits — or 45% of total workers in 2015 — were removed from the NMI labor market, the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s preliminary economic analysis projects a 26% – 62% reduction in the commonwealth’s 2015 gross domestic product, the most recent GDP available, according to its report on the Northern Mariana Islands preliminary observations on the implementation of federal immigration laws released April 27.

In addition, the analysis stated that the demand for foreign workers in the NMI in 2016 . . .

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