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July 22, 2013

K-State professor studying Hispanic immigration to southwest Kansas

A researcher from Kansas State University is studying how and why southwest Kansas has become a new gateway for Hispanic immigration.

A researcher from Kansas State University is studying how and why southwest Kansas has become a new gateway for Hispanic immigration.

Matthew Sanderson is studying what is motivating Hispanics to come to Garden City, Liberal and Ulysses, rather than more populated areas, and how they are adapting to life there, the university said in a news release.

Sanderson is an associate professor of sociology who studies international immigration.

“It’s clear that there is a strong demand for immigrant labor in these new rural destinations,” he said. “A majority told us they would prefer to stay in their origin country and do well there, but opportunities tend to be limited in these places and the American industries have a strong demand for labor.”

He said in the statement that the immigrants come because “there a strong demand for immigrant labor in these new rural destinations. A majority told us they would prefer to stay in their origin country and do well there, but opportunities tend to be limited in these places and the American industries have a strong demand for labor.”

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