Let's say you're a liberal researcher looking at a phenomenon well-known in UK. As more and more incomers arrive in the city, more and more of the natives move out. How do you to put a positive spin on this, lads ? We've done 'diversity' and the improved choice of restaurants to death. Any ideas ?
Tell you what. You don't want to imply that the people coming in are driving the people going out. Why not start with the phenomenon of the natives leaving, and present it in isolation, with no context - as something that's "just happened".
Then we can present the incomers as arriving just in time to save the poor city from becoming empty - as saviours propping up the ailing cities !
Immigration is helping to keep America's big cities vibrant and alive, buffering major metropolitan areas from a slow drain in population as longtime residents move out, new data released yesterday by the US Census Bureau shows ...
By the middle of this century those patterns of movement - native-born Americans moving out, newcomers and their families moving in - will put a very different face on the average city. The majority population will be members of ethnic minority groups. In some of the fastest growing cities, such as the Dallas Fort Worth area, immigrants accounted for nearly 80% of population growth over the last six years.