CLEVELAND (AP) -- A coalition of groups that help resettle refugees in Cleveland has released a report detailing a $48 million economic impact last year.
The report released earlier in the week was prepared for the Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland.
The study highlights contributions by refugees in a city with a declining population.
The study says refugees are more likely to have successful business ventures than native-born Americans and in general don't take jobs from Americans.
More than 4,500 refugees have been resettled in Cleveland since 2000 and about 600 arrived last year. Most fled persecution or wars in Europe, southeast Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
The refugee coalition includes 13 organizations and agencies including Cleveland and Lakewood public schools, county government and Cleveland Catholic Charities.