A study conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California has made some interesting findings about the state as a destination for new immigrants.

The results, released last week, found that California’s popularity among immigrants has declined. Although the state’s immigrant population continues growing, the study found, California’s share of the new-immigrant pie decreased between 1990 and 2007.

Whereas newcomers to the state have traditionally sought to live near others from their home countries, the study found, a growing number of new immigrants are deciding where to settle based on economic opportunity rather than home-country networks, especially among Latinos and Asians who make up the state’s largest immigrant populations.

The findings could have important implications for policy, the study’s authors said, especially for helping cities and states facing new and growing immigrant populations understand what is driving those influxes.

Be sure to check out my story from earlier this week on how one city, Escondido, is adjusting to its growing Latino and immigrant population.


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