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Louisville leaders unveil plan to attract more international immigrants to city

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Greater Louisville Inc. President Kent Oyler, center, helped unveil the Global Action Plan on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Greater Louisville Inc. President Kent Oyler, center, helped unveil the Global Action Plan on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  The percentage of foreign-born residents in Louisville has more-than tripled since 1990, and local leaders say they want to continue attracting international immigrants over the next decade to boost the city’s economy.

On Friday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Greater Louisville Inc. President Kent Oyler unveiled a “Global Action Plan” aimed at welcoming even more foreign-born residents, calling their presence a “distinct advantage for our community.”

In fact, Louisville would be losing population if not for people from other countries settling in the city.

Jefferson County added more than 7,000 international immigrants between 2011 and 2014 while losing 705 native-born residents during the same period, according to the report released Friday. The county had about 60,000 foreign-born residents in 2014, about 8 percent of its population. 

“If we are serious about economic development and community growth, we must embrace this plan and welcome good, hard-working people from around the world with open arms,” Fischer said in a press release.

The plan calls for things like helping connect refugees and immigrants to city services; increasing homeownership rates among the foreign-born; and communicating Louisville’s benefits to networks of Cuban, Indian, Nigerian, Mexican, Bhutanese, Arab and other international communities.

Here is the full report:

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