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On the Coast: Foreign Students & the Beach Economy

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Mila Orozova and Anna Pendzyheeva traveled thousands of miles from Eastern Europe to live and work in Ocean City this summer.
Mila Orozova and Anna Pendzyheeva traveled thousands of miles from Eastern Europe to live and work in Ocean City this summer.

Every summer, thousands of people descend on Ocean City from around the country and globe to work on the beach. Some hope to make lots of cash, while others just want to live a quintessential American experience, even if only for a few months. Bryan Russo shares the story of one Bulgarian student and gives us an update on how changes to the visa system are affecting both foreigners and the businesses that hire them.

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