International Institute

Immigration and Innovation
6:42 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Study Shows Immigration May Boost St. Louis Economy

About 300 people rallied outside the Mo. Capitol against two immigration-related bills. A study says immigrants could be crucial to growth in St. Louis.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

A Saint Louis University economist thinks he has found a key to growth for St. Louis.

Professor Jack Strauss presented his findings this afternoon from an economic study that shows a direct correlation between an increasing immigrant population and economic growth. The study was originally released in June.

He says he thinks it is likely that the city’s economic slump is partly due to a dwindling number of immigrants living in the area. Four and a half percent of St. Louis’ population is foreign. In other large cities, that number is closer to 18 percent.  

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