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 (8% compared to 14% nationally), the state’s foreign-born population is actually increasing faster than the national average—in Minnesota, it has tripled since 1990, but nationally it only doubled. Around 457,000 residents are foreign-born, including many refugees who fled their home countries. Nearly 1 in 6 children (age 0-19) in Minnesota have 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 cities. Staying informed of immigration trends helps us build social ties and better respond to shifting needs and opportunities.
Immigration has greatly influenced the economic and cultural development of our state. But the backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences of Minnesota’s immigrants have changed considerably over time, and differ from the nation as a whole. Compass researcher Allison Liuzzi explains.
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