In Dan Wolf’s recent article, Resettling Immigrants in Virginia, we presented several maps to illustrate the correlation between the resettlement of Muslim refugees and the growth of Muslim institutions throughout the Commonwealth. Now you’re most likely asking yourselves what all this means. And you would be right to do so.
It’s expected and perfectly natural for a newcomer to gravitate towards and seek out people who speak his language or are from the same region. This provides an added degree of comfort and support to someone who understandable feels alone and surrounded by the unfamiliar. We’ve seen this time and again; immigrant groups congregate in certain neighborhoods and establish their own houses of worship, shopping districts, etc. Examples from the past and present are the Chinatowns, Little Italys and Little Saigons that popped up after…
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