Friday, December 9, 2005

Nashville at heart of "global interior"

The Carnegie Corporation of New York's Carnegie Report publication has published this article on Nashville's role in the national trend of immigration into the interior of the U.S. It is an in-depth article spanning five web pages. A shorter version can be found here on

"Nashville is part of a new American frontier sometimes called the 'global interior' that runs from Minnesota to Texas where immigrants and refugees have moved in unprecedented numbers since 1990. Of the nation's one hundred largest metropolitan areas, Nashville ranks first in the number of new immigrants arriving from 1991 to 1998 relative to the number of foreign-born counted there in 1990. Atlanta, Georgia is second and Louisville, Kentucky is third."

"'Nashville now has a stake in the immigration debate in a way that it hadn't before,' says Steven Camarota, research director at the Center for Immigration Studies. The city's reaction to the large and sudden growth amidst the absence of a comprehensive national immigration policy has positioned Nashville as a model of dynamic and counterintuitive change in the transforming American landscape of immigrant and refugee resettlement."

"Frank Sharry, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based National Immigration Forum, said immigrants are drawn to Nashville because of its reputation for 'jobs, nice people, low crime and good schools. Immigrants want the same things we do.'"

"'Nashville is the only community I know in the United States where the Chamber of Commerce and the business community have stepped up and said 'Let's make this work,'' says Frank Sharry of the National Immigration Forum."

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