The U.S. Is in the middle of another great wave of immigration.
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Just as large groups of immigrants came through Ellis Island during parts of the last century and flocked to coastal cities, today’s immigrants are pushing past the coasts, flocking to the center of the country. Hispanics and Asians are flooding cities in the Midwest, rapidly changing diversity in places such as Des Moines and Appalachia in the quest for greater economic opportunity, according to data gathered for USA TODAY’s diversity project.
Other patterns have also emerged. A reverse migration is taking large numbers of African Americans back to communities in the South; Native Americans are the largest minority community in some Northern states and states in the Southwest.
What does this rapidly changing diversity mean for minority groups and the larger communities that are being shifted? Will the shift to a majority-minority culture mean greater economic empowerment?
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