WTC St. Louis and St. Louis Mosaic Project bring skilled immigrants into the local economy

World Trade Centers Association Newsletter - February 2014

The St. Louis region is number 19 in terms of U.S. population, but only 43rd in terms of foreign-born inhabitants. With less than 5% foreign-born, St. Louis trails other top 20 markets that average 20% foreign-born. A 2012 study by Professor Jack Strauss of St. Louis University showed that immigrants in St. Louis are more highly educated than the native-born population, and are 60% more likely to be entrepreneurial. Therefore, the economy and cultural climate would be improved by creating a welcoming atmosphere for foreign-born talent, and developing programs that attract and retain foreign-born workers.

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