May 18, 2013

IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT:

Rust-Belt Reaches for Immigrant Tide : Aim Is to Reverse Population Decline and Revive Businesses (MARK PETERS and JACK NICAS, 5/12/13, WSJ)

Worries over immigrants potentially taking jobs from native-born Americans run high in parts of the nation, but some U.S. cities are taking a different view: Wooing immigrants can reverse long-term declines in population.
 
New data shows that banks are still making it difficult to get a mortgage and competition to get a job remains tough. MarketWatch's Rex Crum has the charts. (Photo: Labor Department)

Cities, mostly in the Midwest and mid-Atlantic states, are betting that attracting foreign-born residents can spur business creation and revive neighborhoods. Steps vary from proclamations welcoming immigrants, to adding staff focused on attracting newcomers and translating government websites, to efforts to connect international students with local companies.

"We've had neighborhoods decimated by population loss, and the only way we rebuild is by bringing new people here," said Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto, a mayoral candidate who includes attracting immigrants in his campaign platform.

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