Immigrants in Kansas workforce contribute to state, national economy

Immigrants can move to the United States for a variety of reasons.

Giri Narahari and his wife Sailaja, for example, are from India and came to the United States to work. Narahari is now an IT professional based in Kansas City, Kansas.

Kevin Yu, who lives in Overland Park, came to the United States from China almost 30 years ago to attend college at the University of Kansas. He is now an employee there.

Alice Ng and her husband Tiong Tan, both from Malaysia, also came to the United States to complete a college education. They moved to Wichita State University in 1996, where Ng studied business administration and Tan studied mechanical engineering.

But regardless of where immigrants come from and why – be it for education, employment or other opportunities – they contribute in many ways to the local and state economies in the areas in which they settle. And Kansas is no exception.

Some immigrants – like the Naraharis, Yu, Ng, and Tan – can even become US citizens.

They joined more than a hundred other immigrants late last month in a series of citizenship ceremonies held at the Frank Carlson Federal Building in downtown Topeka on May 25.

“We are very proud and very patriotic,” said Ng. “We thought about becoming citizens for many, many years, but we always postponed it. We decided it was time.”

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