Inland opportunities – immigration and a changing region
The Inland Empire hasn’t traditionally been known as a cultural melting pot. But things are changing, at least in part thanks to the two-county region’s affordable housing and economic opportunities.
Now, one in five Inland Empire residents is foreign born, according to a study by UC Riverside’s Center for Social Innovation.
The immigrant populations flocking to the Inland Empire are not the same ones we’ve seen in recent years in Los Angeles, where there’s a higher concentration of Central and South American and Chinese immigrants. Rather, the IE has in recent years attracted immigrants from Mexico and the Philippines.
KPCC’s A Martinez and KPCC In Person explored what’s inspiring this surge in immigration and its implications on the region’s politics, economy, and more. They also looked at the path to citizenship in the Inland Empire.
Nathaniel Cline – assistant professor of economics, University of Redlands
Italia Garcia – political director, Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice
Karthick Ramakrishnan – professor of political science and public policy at UCR and coauthor of the report “State of Immigrants in the Inland Empire”