Bill Graves

Experts: Kansas depends on immigrant labor, foreign trade

Experts are saying the Kansas economy is heavily dependent on global free trade and immigrant labor at a time when both are heated political issues.

The University of Kansas' Institute for Policy and Social Research sponsored the annual Kansas Economic Policy Conference on Thursday, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

The dependence on immigrant labor and foreign trade is especially true in rural western Kansas, where the meatpacking industry depends on immigrant labor and the entire agriculture industry generally depends on access to foreign markets, said Alexandre Skiba, a former economics professor at the university who now teaches at the University of Wyoming.

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