International Institute aims to attract 3,000 Latin American immigrants to St. Louis

The International Institute of St. Louis is launching an effort to attract 3,000 Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans to work in the region by the end of the year.

The Biden administration is allowing immigrants from those countries to enter the U.S. through a program for up to two years if they have a sponsor. The program is expected to grant temporary residency to about 360,000 Latin American immigrants this year.

The institute's Latino Outreach Program aims to help newly arriving immigrants who have resettled in other cities move to St. Louis for jobs, housing and community.

That could increase the city’s population and its workforce, said Karlos Ramirez, vice president of the Latino Outreach Program.

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