For St. Louis, Missouri, welcoming more immigrants may be the only way to reverse population and economic decline. By 2020, the city’s immigrant growth rate will be the fastest in the U.S. according to the mayor, and in order to achieve this goal, things have already been set in motion. For starters, the city is welcoming any nationality who wants to relocate here. So far, immigrants from Latin America, Europe and, more recently, Syrians, have found a home in St. Louis.
Two local organizations, in collaboration with the mayor’s office, the Small Business Administration, and the Chambers of Commerce, are trying to attract and retain newcomers to St. Louis. The International Institute of St. Louis offers English classes, training in nursing and mental health services, as well as support for finding a job. For those who want to start their own business in the city, the organization can provide loans of up to $35,000. The Mosaic Project, the other organization helping immigrants to settle in St. Louis, functions as a link between high-skilled workers and local companies in their fields.
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