Monday, February 06, 2006

These days more immigrants say, ‘Show me Missouri’

People from Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Cuba, Mexico and Albania all living in one community and working and learning English to be able to live comfortably in their new country. Many gave up good careers in their own country to live here in safety and build a better life for their children. DP

The Kansas City Star: Former Bosnians thrive in St. Louis. Asian immigrants buy chicken farms in southwest Missouri. African refugees settle into Kansas City.

And that’s not even counting the steady stream of Hispanics.

Missouri has become a hotter destination for immigrants the last few years compared with the 1990s, an analysis of U.S. Census data by The Kansas City Star shows.

On average, about 13,200 immigrants have moved into Missouri each year since 2000. That is up 66 percent from the 1990s.

And it makes Missouri among the biggest climbers nationwide. The state ranks ninth when comparing this decade’s immigration to that of the 1990s.

Be sure to read the rest of this story! This is only a small part of it.

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