There’s an air of unreality to the Voice of America assertion that slower processing of refugee claims is causing problems in North Dakota because the state is “struggling to maintain its population” and “refugees are a vital part of [its] economic development.” Even if it’s true that the arrival of mainly unskilled third-world immigrants improves things for those North Dakotans who haven’t moved elsewhere, it seems unlikely that a shortfall of 250 or so from one source among many—which seems to be the concern—would make much of a difference.
Accounts from England of racism in rural areas and demands for “practical strategies to develop an effective anti-racist agenda” may help fill out the picture of the effect of efforts to promote “diversity” in the hinterlands. First outsiders move or are moved into areas where the people have a settled way of life. Then when there’s friction the locals have to be reformed to extirpate any assumption they’ll be able to live in the way and among the people to whom they’re accustomed. All to the good, if the purpose of government is getting everyone to get with the program.