Market provides a first step for migrants to establish lives in Colorado

January 19, 2024
Ysabel Caceres sits behind her baked goods stall as she and other asylum seekers try to sell goods and make some money in an otherwise empty suite at Stanley Marketplace. Jan. 16, 2024.Ysabel Caceres sits behind her baked goods stall as she and other asylum seekers try to sell goods and make some money in an otherwise empty suite at Stanley Marketplace. Jan. 16, 2024.Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite
Ysabel Caceres sits behind her baked goods stall as she and other asylum seekers try to sell goods and make some money in an otherwise empty suite at Stanley Marketplace. Jan. 16, 2024.

More than 37,000 people have come to Colorado from countries in South America and Africa via the U.S. southern border in just over a year. Many have decided to stay in Colorado and are trying to build lives here, but most struggle to find work, in part because of legal restrictions.

On the edge of Denver and Aurora, community members created a pop-up market where people who have recently migrated can sell goods, food, and services like hair braiding and fitness instruction. Vendors at the market say it's helpful to earn money and to start to build careers in a new country.

To learn more about the market, including its location and how long it will be open, listen to this story or read about the market on Denverite.

To learn more about how people in metro Denver are responding to arriving migrants, read Denverite's guide on how to help.