IIR's Immigrant Stories Project Adds El Salvador!!

IIR's Immigrant Stories Project Adds El Salvador!!

The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) is proud to announce that The Immigrant Stories Project has added added immigrants from El Salvador. This is the eighth profile in this project.

There are approximately 208,800 Salvadoran immigrants living in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD metro areas. In order the highlight facts about Salvadoran immigrants and their contributions, the IIR's Immigrant Stories webpage now includes a new fact sheet and analysis of immigrants from El Salvador living in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD metro areas.

The Salvadoran story also includes an interview with with Carlos Castro, owner of Todos Supermarkets. Mr. Castro was born in Playitas, La Union and raised in San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador. He left El Salvador when he was 25 years old due to the civil war (1980-1992). He has owned and operated many businesses in Northern Virginia that provide services for local communities. According to Mr. Castro, “Immigrants contribute in the society by being workers and consumers. When it comes to people from Latin America, we create jobs, we start small companies."  

Mr. Castro was interviewed by IIR Graduate Research Assistant Eirini Giannaraki in March 2020. 

The Immigrant Stories Project aims to provide essential information regarding immigrant populations in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland metro areas by combining data and personal stories. In addition to El Salvador, the project includes stories and data on immigrants from Afghanistan, Bolivia, the Caribbean, China, India, Korea, and Pakistan. Additional countries of origin will be included in the future.

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Visit our website, www.iir.gmu.edu, for more data and analysis of immigrants and immigration in the United States.