Hit by U.S. Recession, Growing Number of Sri Lankans in Los Angeles Face Hard Times

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 While the Sri Lankan population in Los Angeles County experienced dramatic growth over the past decade becoming one of the fastest growing ethnic communities, it has also suffered economic decline, with a significant percentage caught in the grips of poverty.

Blowing the lid off the perception of Sri Lankan expatriates in Los Angeles as an affluent community of wealthy doctors, successful professionals, and business owners, a report released here last week shows a startling 11% living in poverty and 25% falling within the low income bracket. (Adjusted for family size, the 2010 Census Bureau poverty threshold was $22,113 annually for a family of four with two children under the age of 18.)

The report, based on the U.S. 2010 Census, was released by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), Los Angeles. While there have been several reports highlighting the rapid growth of the Asian population in the US, this study is notable for its attention to nuances among the various Asian American communities. Read more here.