St. Louis Mosaic Project addresses recent census data about the loss of foreign born residents between 2011 and 2014

The immigrant population in the St. Louis region has been declining in recent years.

The U.S. Census released 2014 numbers on Thursday. In St. Louis’ metropolitan statistical area it showed an estimated loss of about 10,000 foreign-born residents between 2011 and 2014.

The survey also indicated a loss of immigrants from the state of Missouri during the same time period. Onésimo Sandoval, a sociology professor who studies population trends at St. Louis University, said that’s while other more rural states have added immigrants.

"If Nebraska can attract immigrants every year, Missouri should be able to," said Sandoval. "I think there’s a trend here that’s a little bit worrying."

Sandoval said the foreign-born population is especially important as cities and states compete to grow. That growth comes from births and migration, and with families having fewer children, cities and states are looking to immigrants.


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