St. Louis city and county lost population in the 2010 census which created big concerns about the region’s future.
In reaction, the area's civic leaders quickly turned their attention to immigrants.
Foreign born residents make up less than 5 percent of the metropolitan area, far below most other major U.S. cities.
The St. Louis Mosaic Project came together this last year to address the issue.
St. Louis Public Radio and The Beacon’s Maria Altman spoke with Betsy Cohen, the Mosaic's project director.
St. Louis Public Radio is a service of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.