One of the most destructive and contentious issues in the United States over the past couple of years has been the question of immigration and how to limit or control it. To some, it’s a mindset of "We’re here, you’re not, let’s keep it that way."
It’s a weird argument considering immigration has been the backbone of growth for many North American cities from New York to Los Angeles and Toronto to Vancouver. The value of immigration and the effect on real estate can best be seen in one of the most unlikely of cities, Winnipeg, in the Canadian prairie province of Manitoba.
A growing number of immigrants are attracted to mid-size cities with lower housing costs, less competition for jobs, and increasing numbers of other immigrants, according to a recent study by the University of Southern California Lusk Center for Real Estate.
The study, "Immigrants and housing markets in mid-size metropolitan areas," found that a sample of 60 mid-size metropolitan cities saw an average 27 percent increase in new immigrants — those in the United States for less than 10 years — from 2000-05.