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Old 11-04-2014, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Kind of a random question, but I've noticed a lot of immigrants from African/ Sudan, India, South East Asian countries etc, in the snow belt area. I was always curious why make the move to the snow belt, from a tropical/ desert climate?
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Old 11-04-2014, 08:27 AM
 
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In the case of groups like the Somalis and the Hmong, they didn't get to choose.

They are classified as refugees from war torn areas, not regular immigrants. The State Dept. decides where to settle them. There are any number of private agencies that are willing to help these refugee types of immigrants get settled in this country. These agencies contract with the State Dept.

They help with finding housing, jobs, work skills, English language lessons, etc. The State Dept. looks over these groups who contract with them and picks where to send the refugees based on the best resettlement services available. Places like MN & Maine offer more help than many other states.
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Old 11-05-2014, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I wonder if they were told that they'll be needing Vit-D supplements in those areas. Most Americans as is are suffering from a lack of it, someone with a darker complexion whom is used to living in a sunnier era could face some pretty severe health issues.

As to answer the question, there is a concentrated effort to diversify the country. Recent Mexican immigrants were even flown to Alaska and Hawaii. The word is still out on why that choice was made.
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Old 11-06-2014, 01:50 AM
 
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I wonder if they were told that they'll be needing Vit-D supplements in those areas. Most Americans as is are suffering from a lack of it, someone with a darker complexion whom is used to living in a sunnier era could face some pretty severe health issues.

As to answer the question, there is a concentrated effort to diversify the country. Recent Mexican immigrants were even flown to Alaska and Hawaii. The word is still out on why that choice was made.
There's not a demonstrable difference between a dark-skinned person's response to a lack of vitamin D and a lighter-skinned person's response to a lack of vitamin D. Overall, the American diet tends to be deficient, so eating breakfast cereal and drinking milk and taking a supplement or two is usually all one needs to do to be fine in a cloudier environment.

BTW, I am a darker-skinned person and have lived in cloudy ol' Seattle for well over a decade. There are quite a few folks like me up here, and we're doing fine.
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Old 11-06-2014, 02:38 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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State aid (college tuition, etc.) and immigrant rights (drivers licenses, etc.) makes a difference. Northern sanctuary cities are very popular.
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Old 11-06-2014, 02:49 AM
 
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Unlike a lot of the people on this message board, they are intelligent enough to escape the hot weather since they know how oppressive it can be.
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Old 11-06-2014, 06:35 AM
 
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In the case of groups like the Somalis and the Hmong, they didn't get to choose.

They are classified as refugees from war torn areas, not regular immigrants. The State Dept. decides where to settle them. There are any number of private agencies that are willing to help these refugee types of immigrants get settled in this country. These agencies contract with the State Dept.

They help with finding housing, jobs, work skills, English language lessons, etc. The State Dept. looks over these groups who contract with them and picks where to send the refugees based on the best resettlement services available. Places like MN & Maine offer more help than many other states.
This, as these are Refugee Resettlement areas/cities. It doesn't have anything to do with being a sanctuary city, as these areas have been doing this for decades and before that term came about.

Some live in Southern areas too.
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Old 11-06-2014, 08:12 AM
 
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It's the natural order of the world. Somalis like immigrating to nordic nations too.
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