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Gov. Snyder trying to attract, retain immigrant students

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Shahamatul Alam is from Bangladesh. He is an electrical engineering major at Saginaw Valley State University.

"I think it's really great because a lot of the immigrant students they are looking for these kind of opportunities," Shahamatul Alam said.

And he said he's glad to know Gov. Rick Snyder is targeting international students like him.

Snyder is trying to attract and retain new immigrants by create incentives to keep students like Shahamatul Alam in Michigan.

The governor said students who graduate with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math, create an average of two and a half new jobs each.

"We are here and we are going to the university and we definitely want to pay back to the community and I think we would love to do that," Shahamatul Alam said.

While the governor is focused on the future, SVSU officials said these international students are already making a difference.

"If I'm getting benefited, I should be benefiting the area, the community as well," Shahamatul Alam said.

The university said business leaders have informed them that revenues are up, thanks to an increase of 300 international students from a year ago.

Shafayat Alam is proud to help the bottom line of area retailers.

"Food, or TV, or even my bed that I'm getting, everything is bought from the local businesses," Shafayat Alam said.

Shahamatul Alam thinks the state can attract more immigrants and said the Great Lakes State has a bright future.

"A lot of the immigrant students they are looking for this kind of opportunity. And if they can grab on to something I think it's great for them and great for Michigan as well," Shahamatul Alam said.

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