Foreign-born population has increased rapidly in Va. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Richmond Times-Dispatch
Foreign-born population has increased rapidly in Va.

Virginia’s foreign-born population has grown exponentially since 1970 from 1 in 100 to 1 in 9 in 2012, University of Virginia researchers found in census data…..

Steve Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, said burgeoning employment opportunities in Virginia due to expanding homeland security operations and a rising information-technology industry have brought in waves of foreign-born workers and foreign-born college graduates looking for jobs.

“The main thing to appreciate is that Virginia is becoming more like America at a very rapid rate,” he said. “We have huge migrations into Virginia from all over the world because of economic opportunity.”

The Philippines, India and South Korea all have English ingrained in their educational systems and workforces, he said, which contributes to the rise in immigration to America from those countries….

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