A new video, "Building Resilience in Baltimore Through Immigration," showcases Baltimore's attempts to make the city a destination for immigrants, as a nonprofit media group works to inspire economic and social change in urban centers.
Next City released the 7-minute film this month to show how Baltimore is working to reverse its decades-long population loss by leaning on the immigrant community.
The video reports that the city lost 300,000 residents between 1950 and 2010, but recent population estimates show a small increase in residents.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced at her inauguration in December 2011 that she would work to grow the city by 10,000 families within a decade.
"I am inspired by the optimism, determination, and resilience of immigrant communities living in our city and their ability to rebuild a brighter future after great adversity," Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.
"Developing the necessary tools to ensure immigrants can reach their fullest potential is vital in making Baltimore a welcoming city, while promoting economic development and growing Baltimore."
Population estimates released in March 2013 showed that Baltimore grew by 1,100 residents in the previous 12 months.
Rawlings-Blake has said that she wants to make immigrants feel welcome in Baltimore. She also issued an executive order to protect immigrants from discrimination by city agencies.
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