New initiative aimed at bringing more immigrants to St. Louis

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 25 at 8:53 AM

(KMOV) – A new initiative is aiming to bring more immigrants to St. Louis.

Organizers believe the effort will boost economic development and create more jobs.

The St. Louis County Economic Council has invested $200,000 to launch it.

The Bevo Mill neighborhood is just one of many in St. Louis where immigrants came for bigger opportunities.

Jasmine Kunic says it’s a lot easier than back home, with having more choices and can open more businesses. She came to St. Louis from Bosnia nearly 16 years ago. She said it was mostly for the economic opportunities.

“It’s a great country, don’t get me wrong but it’s slow on jobs. They work there for minimum wage, not even that,” Kunic said.

Betsy Cohen runs the Mosaic Project said currently a little more than 4-percent of the region are immigrants, 126 thousand out of nearly 3 million.  Cohen says the goal is make St. Louis the fastest growing U.S. metro area for immigration growth by 2020.

Cohan said it’s all about networking, reaching out to those who are already here so they can bring over friends and family members.

Many Bosnians own bars and restaurants in south St. Louis area and thanks to the Mosaic Project could grow and become even more popular.

 

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