St. Louis has turned into a real international community since the 1990 census. Ann Rynearson with the International Institute of St. Louis says transplants from Asia, Africa, and the Balkans have all relocated in the city without too much tension between them. Most are settling-down in south St. Louis where housing is relatively inexpensive. Rynearson says St. Louis now has the country’s second-highest ratio of immigrants to established residents. 24,000 Bosnians have flooded the city since 1993. She says they are the first or second largest Bosnian community in the country.
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