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Milan students learn about immigration in community

Milan High School students spent the day sharing their thoughts about immigration issues in their hometown.

Over the past 20 years, Milan has seen a rapid change in the demographic makeup of the community. In a program put on with help from the University of Missouri Extension, those students had the chance to speak with community leaders.

The students were able to look at data gathered to see how the community has changed for those who are Latino newcomers. City officials and students discussed issues that those newcomers face, including how the community welcomes them and being able to find employment.

"This is an opportunity for the students to address those issues and talk to community leaders about them, and really open a dialogue to let that discussion happen," said MU Extension Sullivan County Program Director Gentrie Shafer.

The research for the program conducted in Milan was gathered through two projects done by the University of Missouri over the past eight years. Extension officials hope to do more projects like this in the future.

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