This brief analyzes immigration and refugee resettlement in Manchester and the effects on the city’s demographic composition, as well as the implications for its future. Authors Sally Ward, Justin Young, and Curt Grimm report that Manchester, New Hampshire, like the nation, is experiencing a new wave of immigration. In the past, most of the city’s immigrants tended to come from Canada and Europe. Today, they are most likely from Latin America, followed by Asia and, to a lesser extent, Africa. The rate of refugee placement in Manchester has remained relatively steady since the 1990s. Of all refugees who arrived in Manchester since 1982, 7 percent arrived during the 1980s, 41 percent during the 1990s, and 40 percent between 2000 and 2010. The authors note that immigration and diversity play important roles in economic growth. However, gaps in education and poverty and language barriers must be addressed if the city is to fully realize the benefits of this demographic change.

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Issue Brief No. 39


Durham, N.H. : Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire

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