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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Raleigh Bailey, December 6, 2000. Interview K-0270. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

North Carolina attracts immigrants

Bailey describes why North Carolina is so attractive to immigrants: its residents believe in helping others and the job market offers employment opportunities.

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Oral History Interview with Raleigh Bailey, December 6, 2000. Interview K-0270. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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BARBARA LAU:
Did you find that North Carolina was an attractive place for immigrants?
RALEIGH BAILEY:
North Carolina has had kind of a unique role, honestly. Most refugees and other immigrants tend to go to California, number one, New York, Florida, maybe Chicago, a couple of other spots. North Carolina was recognized by the Federal Government and various agencies as one of the more idyllic places, because the community is relatively receptive. This is at Bible-belt. Churches believe in helping others so that there's strong community support. The job market here was good, lots of entry-level jobs in factories, primarily factories, textile and furniture, so it was easy to get people working. From those perspectives, North Carolina was one of the more unique places in the nation, and has been, for the last 20 years, an "in-migration state," meaning people move here from other states, refugees and other immigrants.