NAMB First Generation
Immigration Results from
National Leaders
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Methodology
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Online survey conducted among 5 groups:
1. National/regional leaders
2. Missionaries
3. Professors
4. Pastors
5. Laity
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This report focuses on responses from leaders of
national and regional organizations
Evangelical denominations and para-church
ministries were invited to participate by phone and
email;
The survey was conducted between July 21 –
September 2, 2009 for the North American Mission
Board
NAMB First Generation
Immigration Results from
National Leaders by Country
74 national and regional respondents
participated in the study including the
following organizations:
IVCF Canada
 Missions Door CA, International
 Immigration Service and Aid Center
 Mosaix Global Network
 Assemblies of God
 The Wesleyan Church
 Instituto Biblico Bautista Hispano
 Mission to North America (PCA)
 LAX Urban Center
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74 national and regional respondents
participated in the study including the
following organizations:
Southern Asia Fellowship
 China Outreach Ministries
 EFCA West
 Ukrainian Baptist Convention USA
 EL CIELO Ministries
 Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
 Genesis Alliance
 Global Recordings Network
 Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
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74 national and regional respondents
participated in the study including the
following organizations:
World Relief
 North American Mission Board
 Community Servants, Inc
 Restoration House Ministries
 Esperanza
 Church of the Nazarene
 Hispanics for Christ
 Karen Christian Fellowship
 United Methodist Church
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74 national and regional respondents
participated in the study; the following
organizations identified themselves:
Foursquare Gospel Church
 American Missionary Fellowship
 SIHOP (Southern IL Hispanic Outreach Project)
 Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)
 SBC state conventions: MO, CA, AZ, WY,
SBTC, FL, AR, VA, DC
 3 SBC associations
 Wesleyan districts: Wisconsin, South Coastal,
Kansas, Pacific Southwest, Greater Ohio
 9 churches with regional ministries
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Accurately Interpreting the Data
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Please note that all data in this report is based
on the responses of the participating
national and regional organizational leaders
and does not claim to be exhaustive or
comprehensive beyond what has been reported
by these organizations.
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First generation immigrants may come
from any of 202 countries –
The number of organizations (among the
74 national and regional respondents)
working among each group varies widely
51 of 202 countries have no organizations
working among their immigrants to North
America
10
None of the national or regional organizations responding currently
minister to immigrants from the following countries
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei Darussalam
Burkina Faso
Cyprus
Denmark
Djibouti
Finland
Guinea Bissau
Vatican City
Ireland
Kiribati
Latvia
Lesotho
Nauru
Liechtenstein
New Zealand
Lithuania
Niger
Luxembourg
Northern Cyprus
Madagascar
Norway
Maldives
Oman
Malta
Palau
Mauritania
Qatar
Monaco
San Marino
Montenegro
Sao Tome & Principe
Morocco
Senegal
Nagorno-Karabakh Seychelles
Namibia
Slovenia
Q1. Thinking of all of the first generation immigrant groups with whom your organization ministers in North
America, from which of the following countries did they immigrate?
Solomon Islands
Suriname
Svalbard & Jan Mayen
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Transnistria
Tunisia
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Western Sahara
Zambia
First generation immigrants from 34
countries had only a single organization
ministering to them
Number of the national or regional organizations responding that
currently minister to immigrants from the following countries
1 organization
Abkhazia
Andorra
Antigua & Barbuda
Australia
Benin
Botswana
Chad
Comoros
Gabon
Greece
Grenada
1 organization
Guadeloupe
Iceland
Kazakstan
Kyrgyzstan
Libya
Macedonia
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Moldova
Mozambique
Netherlands
1 organization
Palestinian Territory
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts & Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent
Serbia
Syria
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Togo
Tonga
Vanuatu
Q1. Thinking of all of the first generation immigrant groups with whom your organization ministers in North
America, from which of the following countries did they immigrate?
11
First generation immigrants from 42
countries had two or three organizations
ministering to them
12
Number of the national or regional organizations responding that
currently minister to immigrants from the following countries
2 organizations
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African
Republic
East Timor
Equatorial Guinea
Estonia
2 organizations
Georgia
Guinea
Kosovo
Kuwait
Malawi
Mali
Poland
Slovakia
Yemen
3 organizations
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Armenia
Bulgaria
Congo
Cote D’Ivoire
Croatia
Czech Republic
Gambia
Jordan
Malaysia
Micronesia
Q1. Thinking of all of the first generation immigrant groups with whom your organization ministers in North
America, from which of the following countries did they immigrate?
3 organizations
Mongolia
Portugal
Rwanda
Samoa
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Turkey
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Zimbabwe
28 of 202 countries have four to six
organizations working among their
immigrants to North America
Number of the national or regional organizations responding that
currently minister to immigrants from the following countries
4 organizations
Barbados
Congo, Democratic Republic of
Dominica
Egypt
Fiji
Guyana
Israel
Italy
Lebanon
Romania
Sri Lanka
Uzbekistan
5 organizations
Bangladesh
Burundi
Germany
Hungary
Singapore
Somalia
6 organizations
Afghanistan
Bahamas
Belize
Bosnia & Herzegovina
France
Ghana
Laos
Russia
Trinidad and Tobago
Uruguay
Q1. Thinking of all of the first generation immigrant groups with whom your organization ministers in North
America, from which of the following countries did they immigrate?
13
47 of 202 countries have 7 or more
organizations working among their
immigrants to North America
14
Number of the national or regional organizations responding that
currently minister to immigrants from the following countries
Argentina
Bhutan
Bolivia
Brazil
Cambodia
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominican
Republic
23
9
15
22
10
20
30
25
17
19
Ecuador
El Salvador
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Iran
17 Iraq
18
29
8
14
34
17
28
14
18
13
10
14
Jamaica
Japan
Kenya
North Korea
South Korea
Liberia
Mexico
Myanmar
Nepal
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Pakistan
Panama
9
20
8
10
21
14
53
13
10
20
11
11
18
Q1. Thinking of all of the first generation immigrant groups with whom your organization ministers in North
America, from which of the following countries did they immigrate?
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Sierra Leone
Spain
Sudan
Taiwan
Thailand
Ukraine
Venezuela
Vietnam
11
22
22
8
11
11
12
15
7
21
16
First generation immigrants from half the
world’s countries have little or no national/
regional efforts underway to reach them
15
Percentage of birth countries ministered to by each number of
responding organizations doing work among first generation
immigrants in North America
7 or more national/
regional organizations
working among these
immigrant groups
23%
26%
3 to 6 national/regional
organizations working among
these immigrant groups
No national/regional
organizations working among
these immigrant groups
25%
26%
One or two national/regional
organizations working among
these immigrant groups
Q1. Thinking of all of the first generation immigrant groups with whom your organization ministers in North
America, from which of the following countries did they immigrate?
Countries of origin whose immigrants have
the most national and regional ministries
working among them
Number of the national or regional organizations responding that
currently minister to immigrants from the following countries
Colombia
Argentina
Brazil
Peru
Philippines
25
23
22
22
22
Top 5
Mexico
Guatemala
China
El Salvador
Honduras
53
34
30
29
28
South Korea
Venezuela
Chile
Japan
Nicaragua
Q1. Thinking of all of the first generation immigrant groups with whom your organization ministers in North
America, from which of the following countries did they immigrate?
21
21
20
20
20
16
17
The heart language was identified for the
first generation immigrants among whom
national and regional organizations
minister – 24 specific languages were
tested
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Languages spoken by first generation
immigrants as their heart language
Number of responding organizations serving among first generation
immigrants speaking each language
Spanish
55
Chinese
30
Korean
25
Arabic
22
Japanese
21
Farsi
16
0
10
20
30
Q2. What language(s) do these first generation immigrants speak as their heart language?
40
50
60
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Languages spoken by first generation
immigrants as their heart language continued
Number of responding organizations serving among first generation
immigrants speaking each language
English
15
Hindi
15
Russian
15
Vietnamese
15
French
14
Tagalog
13
0
10
20
30
Q2. What language(s) do these first generation immigrants speak as their heart language?
40
50
60
20
Languages spoken by first generation
immigrants as their heart language continued
Number of responding organizations serving among first generation
immigrants speaking each language
Hmong
12
Portuguese
12
Thai
10
Laotian
9
Cambodian/ Khmer
8
German
6
0
10
20
Q2. What language(s) do these first generation immigrants speak as their heart language?
30
40
50
60
21
Languages spoken by first generation
immigrants as their heart language continued
Number of responding organizations serving among first generation
immigrants speaking each language
Urdu
6
Gujarathi
3
Ilocano
3
Polish
3
Greek
2
Italian
2
0
10
20
30
Q2. What language(s) do these first generation immigrants speak as their heart language?
40
50
60
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National and regional leaders reported the
number of missionaries and church planters
they have working among first generation
immigrants from each country
National and regional organizations report a
total of 3,757 missionaries church planters
working among first generation immigrants
*
Average Number of Missionaries and/or Church Planters
affiliated with a responding organization working among
first generation immigrant groups in North America.
Mean: 54
Median: 12
*Regional or district responses may include some of the same missionaries and
church planters reported by their national organization
Q3. Please indicate the approximate number of missionaries and/or church planters affiliated with your
organization who work among first generation immigrant groups in North America. (If you don’t know for sure,
please make your best estimate.)
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First generation immigrants from 24
countries have more than 50 missionaries
or church planters in North America
Number of Missionaries and/or Church Planters
reported by national or regional organizations working among
first generation immigrant groups from each country
1,715 Mexico
549 South Korea
188 Guatemala
163 China
162 Cuba
159 El Salvador
151 Haiti
135 Honduras
103 Venezuela
86 Hong Kong
83 Nicaragua
82 Brazil
72 Chile
68 India
66 Taiwan
62 Colombia
61 Myanmar
61 Philippines
57 Peru
54 Ukraine
53 Vietnam
52 Iran
51 Slovakia
50 Costa Rica
Q4. Thinking of the missionaries and/or church planters in your organization from question 3 who work among
each first generation immigrant groups, how many work among each immigrant group listed below? (The
same missionary may be counted more than once if they work among multiple groups.)
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First generation immigrants from 28
countries have 20-49 missionaries or
church planters in North America
25
Number of Missionaries and/or Church Planters
reported by national or regional organizations working among
first generation immigrant groups from each country
48 Panama
42 Ethiopia
40 Argentina
37 Indonesia
37 Nigeria
37 Sudan
35 Dominican Republic
35 Liberia
34 Ecuador
33 Iraq
29 Cambodia
29 Eritrea
29 North Korea
28 Bhutan
28 Japan
26 Sierra Leone
25 Bosnia & Herzegovina
24 Afghanistan
24 Thailand
23 Uzbekistan
22 Burundi
22 Somalia
22 Spain
21 Congo, Democratic
Republic of
21 Rwanda
20 Angola
20 Kosovo
20 Zimbabwe
Q4. Thinking of the missionaries and/or church planters in your organization from question 3 who work among
each first generation immigrant groups, how many work among each immigrant group listed below? (The
same missionary may be counted more than once if they work among multiple groups.)
First generation immigrants from 35
countries have two to nineteen missionaries
or church planters in North America
Number of Missionaries and/or Church Planters
reported by national or regional organizations working among
first generation immigrant groups from each country
19 Uruguay
16 Bolivia
16 Jamaica
16 Pakistan
15 Ghana
15 Romania
14 Russia
12 Laos
11 Nepal
10 Paraguay
9 Kenya
9 Malaysia
6 Comoros
6 Fiji
6 Syria
6 Uganda
5 Belize
5 Germany
5 Guyana
5 Saudi Arabia
5 Trinidad and Tobago
4 Bahamas
4 Israel
4 Turkey
3 Albania
3 France
3 Hungary
3 Serbia
3 Sri Lanka
3 Togo
2 Cote D’Ivoire
2 Egypt
2 Mongolia
2 Portugal
2 Singapore
Q4. Thinking of the missionaries and/or church planters in your organization from question 3 who work among
each first generation immigrant groups, how many work among each immigrant group listed below? (The
same missionary may be counted more than once if they work among multiple groups.)
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First generation immigrants from 24
countries have a single missionary or
church planter in North America
Number of Missionaries and/or Church Planters
reported by national or regional organizations working among
first generation immigrant groups from each country
Algeria
Azerbaijan
Bangladesh
Barbados
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Congo
Croatia
Czech Republic
Estonia
Gambia
Georgia
Guinea
Italy
Jordan
Kuwait
Mali
Micronesia
Palestinian Territory
Papua New Guinea
Poland
South Africa
United Arab Emirates
Yemen
Q4. Thinking of the missionaries and/or church planters in your organization from question 3 who work among
each first generation immigrant groups, how many work among each immigrant group listed below? (The
same missionary may be counted more than once if they work among multiple groups.)
27
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The average receptivity to the Gospel
among first generation immigrants as
indicated by national and regional leaders
On average first generation immigrants are
somewhat receptive to the Gospel
according to national and regional leaders
Average receptivity to the Gospel among first generation immigrants from
ALL countries reported by national and regional leaders
3.4
1
2
Not Receptive
at all
3
4
5
Very
Receptive
Q5. Among the first generation immigrant groups with whom your organization works, please indicate each
group’s overall receptivity to the Gospel. Receptivity includes both the speed and the ease with which
someone who hears the Gospel responds in belief and repentance.
29
First generation immigrant groups that are
more receptive to the Gospel according to
national and regional leaders
Average receptivity to the Gospel among first generation immigrants
reported by national and regional leaders by country
1
2
Not Receptive
at all
Ecuador
Guatemala
Liberia
Honduras
El Salvador
Myanmar
Brazil
Costa Rica
4.2
4.2
4.1
4.0
4.0
4.0
4.0
4.0
3
Kenya
Mexico
Nicaragua
South Korea
Peru
Jamaica
Cuba
Argentina
4
4.0
4.0
3.9
3.9
3.8
3.8
3.7
3.7
5
Very
Receptive
Ethiopia
Philippines
Dominican Republic
China
Colombia
Bolivia
Haiti
Venezuela
Minimum 5 leaders responding
Q5. Among the first generation immigrant groups with whom your organization works, please indicate each
group’s overall receptivity to the Gospel. Receptivity includes both the speed and the ease with which
someone who hears the Gospel responds in belief and repentance.
3.6
3.6
3.6
3.6
3.6
3.5
3.5
3.5
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First generation immigrant groups that are
somewhat receptive to the Gospel
according to national and regional leaders
Average receptivity to the Gospel among first generation immigrants
reported by national and regional leaders by country
1
2
Not Receptive
at all
Panama
Chile
Sierra Leone
Hong Kong
Sudan
Paraguay
Taiwan
Minimum 5 leaders responding
3.4
3.4
3.3
3.3
3.3
3.3
3.3
3
4
5
Very
Receptive
Nigeria
Thailand
Bhutan
Nepal
Ukraine
Cambodia
Eritrea
North Korea
Q5. Among the first generation immigrant groups with whom your organization works, please indicate each
group’s overall receptivity to the Gospel. Receptivity includes both the speed and the ease with which
someone who hears the Gospel responds in belief and repentance.
3.2
3.2
3.1
3.0
3.0
3.0
3.0
3.0
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First generation immigrant groups that are
less receptive to the Gospel according to
national and regional leaders
Average receptivity to the Gospel among first generation immigrants
reported by national and regional leaders by country
1
2
Not Receptive
at all
Minimum 5 leaders responding
3
Vietnam
Spain
Indonesia
India
Pakistan
Japan
Iran
Iraq
4
5
Very
Receptive
2.9
2.9
2.8
2.5
2.5
2.3
2.2
2.2
Q5. Among the first generation immigrant groups with whom your organization works, please indicate each
group’s overall receptivity to the Gospel. Receptivity includes both the speed and the ease with which
someone who hears the Gospel responds in belief and repentance.
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The level of change in participation/
attendance among first generation
immigrant believers from each country as
estimated by national and regional leaders
Across all first generation immigrant
groups, the average national/ regional
organization saw a few more participants
Average change in participation/attendance over the last year
among first generation immigrants from ALL countries
reported by national and regional leaders
100%
80%
60%
Mean:
3.4
40%
20%
0%
Many less
Less total
About the same
More total
Many more total
participants than participants than
number of
participants than participants than
1 year ago
1 year ago
participants as 1
1 year ago
1 year ago
(Decrease of 10% (Decrease of less
year ago
(Growth of less
(Growth of 10%
or more)
than 10%)
than 10%)
or more)
Q8. Among the first generation immigrant groups with whom your organization works, please indicate the level
of change in participation/attendance over the last year.
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Average national/ regional organization’s
change in number of participants by first
generation immigrant group
35
1
2
3
4
Many Less
Less
About the same
More
Many more
(Growth <10%)
(Growth 10%+)
(Decrease 10%+) (Decrease <10%)
Argentina
Bhutan
Bolivia
Brazil
Cambodia
Chile
China
Colombia
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Ethiopia
3.3
3.6
3.2
3.6
4.0
3.1
3.6
3.3
3.5
3.4
3.5
3.3
3.5
3.2
Guatemala
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Japan
South Korea
Liberia
Mexico
Myanmar
Nepal
3.5
3.6
3.6
3.6
3.1
3.6
3.2
3.6
2.9
3.8
3.6
3.9
4.3
3.6
5
Nicaragua
Nigeria
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Spain
Sudan
Taiwan
Thailand
Venezuela
Vietnam
Minimum 5 leaders responding
Q8. Among the first generation immigrant groups with whom your organization works, please indicate the level
of change in participation/attendance over the last year.
3.3
3.2
3.4
3.2
3.3
3.3
3.5
2.8
3.9
3.9
3.9
3.2
4.0
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New work planned in the next 3 years
among first generation immigrant believers
from additional countries as estimated by
national and regional leaders
Percentage of organizations planning to begin
work in the next 3 years among first generation
immigrants from additional countries
No
45%
Yes
55%
Q11. Is your organization planning to begin work in the next 3 years among first generation immigrants from
any additional countries with whom you are not currently working?
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38
National/ regional ministries plan to begin work
among first generation immigrants from 9
countries that currently are not being ministered to
None of the national or regional organizations responding currently
minister to immigrants from the following countries, but one
organization plans to begin work among them in the next 3 years
Bahrain
Belgium
Brunei Darussalam
Namibia
Norway
Palau
Senegal
Sweden
Switzerland
Q12. Please indicate the countries of origin of those additional first generation immigrant groups that you are
planning to begin work in the next 3 years.
National or regional organizations have no
work and do not plan to begin work among
first generation immigrants from 42 countries
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None of the national or regional organizations responding currently
minister to immigrants from the following countries
Burkina Faso
Cyprus
Denmark
Djibouti
Finland
Guinea Bissau
Vatican City
Ireland
Kiribati
Latvia
Lesotho
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Madagascar
Maldives
Malta
Mauritania
Monaco
Montenegro
Morocco
Nagorno-Karabakh
Nauru
New Zealand
Niger
Northern Cyprus
Oman
Qatar
San Marino
Sao Tome & Principe
Seychelles
Slovenia
Q12. Please indicate the countries of origin of those additional first generation immigrant groups that you are
planning to begin work in the next 3 years.
Solomon Islands
Suriname
Svalbard & Jan Mayen
Swaziland
Transnistria
Tunisia
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Western Sahara
Zambia
No additional national/ regional
organizations plan to begin working among
immigrants from of these 62 countries:
Bahamas
Bolivia
Botswana
Burundi
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Chad
Comoros
Congo
Costa Rica
Croatia
Dominica
East Timor
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Greece
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guinea
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Jamaica
Kyrgyzstan
Liberia
Macedonia
Malawi
Malaysia
Mali
Mauritius
Moldova
Mongolia
Mozambique
Nepal
Netherlands
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Poland
Saint Kitts & Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Q12. Please indicate the countries of origin of those additional first generation immigrant groups that you are
planning to begin work in the next 3 years.
Spain
Sri Lanka
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Togo
Trinidad & Tobago
Uganda
United Arab
Emirates
United Kingdom
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Yemen
Zimbabwe
40
One additional national/ regional
organizations plans to begin working among
immigrants from of these 53 countries:
1 additional
Abkhazia
Andorra
Angola
Antigua & Barbuda
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Barbados
Belize
Benin
Bhutan
Brazil
Bulgaria
Chile
1 additional
China
Colombia
Cote D’Ivoire
Czech Republic
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Fiji
France
Germany
Ghana
Guyana
Hong Kong
Indonesia
Israel
1 additional
Jordan
Kosovo
Kuwait
Laos
Libya
Marshall Islands
Micronesia
North Korea
South Korea
Nicaragua
Panama
Portugal
Romania
Samoa
Q12. Please indicate the countries of origin of those additional first generation immigrant groups that you are
planning to begin work in the next 3 years.
1 additional
Serbia
Somalia
South Africa
Sudan
Syria
Thailand
Tonga
Turkey
Ukraine
Uruguay
Venezuela
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Multiple national/regional organizations
plan to begin work among first generation
immigrants from 36 countries
2 additional
Albania
Algeria
Argentina
Armenia
Bangladesh
Belarus
Bosnia &
Herzegovina
Central African
Republic
Congo, Democratic
Republic of
2 additional
El Salvador
Japan
Kazakstan
Kenya
Lebanon
Mexico
Nigeria
Palestinian Territory
Peru
Philippines
Saudi Arabia
Taiwan
3 additional
Afghanistan
Cambodia
Haiti
Honduras
India
Iran
Pakistan
Rwanda
Vietnam
Cuba
Egypt
Q12. Please indicate the countries of origin of those additional first generation immigrant groups that you are
planning to begin work in the next 3 years.
4 additional
Guatemala
Myanmar
Russia
6 additional
Iraq
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