Immigration eased population loss in 1 of 5 U.S. counties, including Virginia, analysis finds

Virginia Mercury

Localities across Virginia staved off population loss due to an influx of immigrants, a new analysis by Stateline, a project of the Pew Charitable Trusts, found.

In 1 of 5 U.S. counties, immigrants “prevented or significantly softened population loss,” the report states.

In several Virginia municipalities, immigration either cut population loss by at least 10 percent or prevented population loss.

It was prevented in Hopewell, Virginia Beach, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Williamsburg, Alexandria, Lancaster County and Fairfax County.

And immigration cushioned the population loss by at least 10 percent in Winchester, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Petersburg, Covington, Danville and Salem, as well as Nottoway, Mecklenburg, Campbell, Buckingham, Essex, Accomack, Northampton, York, Carroll and Washington counties.

The analysis highlights how crackdowns on illegal immigration from the Trump administration, including the reduced number of refugees coming to the U.S., are affecting some cities and towns that want more workers.

“Many cities and small towns across the United States desperately want more immigrants to fill jobs and keep their populations from shrinking,” the report states.