St. Louis region making push for immigrants

St. Louis region making push for immigrants

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St. Louis region making push for immigrants

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 1:39 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis lags behind many other metropolitan areas in attracting immigrants. A new effort is underway to change that.

The St. Louis Mosaic Project was formally launched Thursday. The ambitious goal is to make the St. Louis region the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the U.S. for immigration growth by 2020.

St. Louis is the nation's 19th largest metropolitan area but immigrants make up just 4.5 percent of the region's population, which ranks 43rd.

The St. Louis Mosaic Project hopes to draw more immigrants through several outreach efforts, including a website that will offer 10 links for people of different nationalities.

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