Quickly access information about Minnesota's diverse and burgeoning immigrant population
While Minnesota still has proportionally fewer immigrants than the U.S. as a whole (7% compared with 13% nationally), the state’s foreign-born population is actually increasing faster than the national average—in Minnesota, it has tripled since 1990, but only doubled nationally. About 404,000 residents are foreign-born, including many refugees who fled their home countries. Nearly 1 in 6 children (0-19) in Minnesota has at least one immigrant parent. Among our state’s youngest children (0-4), nearly 1 in every 5 is a child of an immigrant.
Knowing more about those who have immigrated to our state can help us better understand the impact on our schools, our workforce, our health systems, and our neighborhoods. It can help us build social ties with immigrant communities and better respond to shifting needs.
Last month, Compass researcher Allison Liuzzi's Insight article highlighted how the backgrounds and experiences of Minnesota’s immigrants have changed over time. This month Paul Mattessich, Compass governance chair and Wilder Research executive director, provides insights gleaned from a new study from Wilder conducted with immigrant and refugee communities in the Twin Cities.
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