Thursday, January 8, 2004

Vanderbilt study shows Nashville immigrants are less wealthy, powerful, and understood than their native neighbors

"The Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, or VIPPS, conducted the study. Last year the Metro Council approved $350,000 for the effort. The 273-page report outlines contributions of immigrants to the city, as well as identifying their needs."

"The number of immigrants who moved into Davidson County in the last decade tripled, the study found, making Tennessee one of the fastest growing hubs of immigrants and refugees in the country. The study maintains that because of the availability of jobs and a low cost of living, Tennessee is very attractive and could remain so. Of the foreign born in Metro Nashville 61 percent are from Mexico or Central America." - Nashville City Paper report

"The study's recommendations include establishing a countywide organization dedicated to 'immigrant and refugee affairs' to continue monitoring social service and other needs of Nashville immigrants."

"It will be up to the mayor's office to decide which of the study's recommendations to propose, said Michelle Lane of Metro Finance Department, which oversaw the study and its release yesterday. The full 'Immigrant Community Assessment' can be accessed at:"

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