Where do St. Louis immigrants come from?

This is the second post of a two-part series on immigration patterns.

Yesterday’s post examined the growth in immigration for the U.S. and the Eighth Federal Reserve District.1 Today’s post will examine where immigrants are coming from.

In an article in The Regional Economist, Research Officer and Economist Subhayu Bandyopadhyayand Research Analyst Rodrigo Guerrero noted that the draw of immigrants to a nation is affected by both push factors and pull factors:

  • Pull factors are the desirable traits, such as higher income, of the host nation that draw in immigrants.
  • Push factors are the undesirable traits, such as poverty, of the nation of origin that cause immigrants to move abroad.

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