Foreign-born residents have unusually large impact on Worcester’s economy

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Emmanuel Larbi was 7 years old when his family immigrated from Ghana to Worcester in 2002, leaving behind a country with too few opportunities for families to live comfortable lives.

Sixteen years later, Larbi works as a cancer researcher at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and co-owns the restaurant Accra Girls on Grafton Street in Worcester with his mother, Sarah Larbi. The restaurant is only a year old – spun off from a catering business Sarah Larbi and her sister founded in 2003 – but Emmanuel is already thinking big, hoping to one day make the brand as iconic as Ford or General Electric.

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