What’s happening in upstate New York mirrors what’s happening with immigrants in other parts of the country(Photo by Christian Reed).
The Times Union reports these new immigrants are shifting the patterns of earlier immigrants to this country. No longer are they settling in urban areas, but many are going straight to the suburbs.
Indians make up the largest immigrant group in upstate New York and many are choosing to live in Guilderland, Colonie and Niskayuna rather than the larger urban center of Albany, Schenectady and Troy.
“Schools are a very big deal for the Indian population,” said Arvind Salgram, a real estate agent who specializes in helping Indian newcomers. “They want a good education for their children.”
The same is happening with Chinese immigrants. 62 percent live outside the three largest cities.
The shifting demographics have brought into the suburbs new ethnic services and businesses that cater to ethnic tastes.
“You don’t feel as disconnected,” Salgram said, remembering when she came to the Albany area 20 years ago. “Back then it was tough.”