ST. PAUL (AP) - A new report shows refugees have significantly contributed to the economy of both the Twin Cities and the nation overall.

The Center for American Progress and the Fiscal Policy Institute's report shows refugee men find work quickly, often exceeding the rate of U.S.-born men.

The report says refugees from Bosnia, Laos, Myanmar and Somalia have been a part of the economic revitalization of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Refugees from Myanmar had the most improved wages of the four groups. For example, recently arrived male refugees earn a median salary of $23,000 annually, but men who've been in the U.S. for a decade earn over double that.

Minnesota Budget Project policy analyst Clark Biegler says refugees often are portrayed as people who don't work or pay taxes, but that the opposite is true.