What do we know about the growing number of immigrants living in rural communities in the United States? A recent brief from UNH’s Carsey School of Public Policy found that rural immigrants, compared to native-born neighbors, are more racially and ethnically diverse, more likely to have children, more likely to be working age, and more likely to be working poor.
These key findings offer some insight to how rural communities are changing given the growing number of immigrant families living in rural communities–from 2012 to 2014 nearly one-third of net-new rural residents were immigrants. According to the brief published last month, 1.6 million residents in rural communities were born outside of the United States.
On November 14th the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group hosted report co-authors Beth Mattingly and Andrew Schaefer to discuss their findings and answer questions.