Immigrants and Immigration in the Ocean State

Alexandra Filindra and Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz, “Immigrants and Immigration in the Ocean State: History, Demography, Public Opinion and Policy Responses,” 2014. From the research: The immigrant population of Rhode Island exceeded the national average through the 1970s but today tracks the national average. In earlier eras, most immigrants to Rhode Island came from Europe but today, the fastest growing immigrant groups are Latinos and Asians. The Latino immigrant population of Rhode Island is quite distinct from other states because it largely consists of Caribbean rather than Mexican or Central American immigrants.”