Wednesday, July 02, 2008

1 in 10 Virginians Foreign-Born

A new study by the University of Virginia will no doubt be causing great angst among the anti-immigrant Christianists within the Republican Party of Virginia who have a mindset like that of former U. S. Senator George "Maccacca" Allen. Increasingly, except for far right Catholics, the Virginia GOP seems to only welcome white Protestants. Here are details from the Virginian Pilot:
Demographers at the University of Virginia say that one in 10 Virginians is foreign-born. The latest study by U.Va.'s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service notes that new arrivals account for one-fourth of Virginia's population growth since 2000.
In 2006, the top five countries of birth for Virginia's foreign-born were El Salvador, Mexico, Korea, the Philippines and India. Almost three-fourths of the foreign born in Virginia are between the ages of 25 and 64. The center said that suggests that employment is the attraction.
The Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metropolitan region tops the state in terms of foreign born. One of every five residents in that area is foreign born.

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