Nearly half a million immigrants call Minnesota home, a population that includes citizens and non-citizens, students and workers, and refugees who fled their home countries. Minnesota has proportionally fewer immigrants compared to the nation as a whole, but we have long been a state shaped by immigration. In 2018, about nine percent of Minnesotans were foreign-born, but that percentage was as high as 37 percent in the late 1800s. Immigration will continue to shape our communities for generations to come. Today, 18 percent of children in Minnesota is either a child of an immigrant or were themselves born in a different country, nearly double the 10 percent of children in Minnesota who fit that profile in 2000.

Immigrants in Minnesota

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472,000 foreign-born Minnesotans

8% of Minnesotans are immigrants, up from 5% in 2000 but down from 37% in the late 1800s.
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Minnesota’s largest immigrant groups were born in Mexico, Somalia, and India. The most common languages spoken in Minnesota, other than English, include Spanish, Cushite-Beja-Somali, and Hmong.

Three-quarters of immigrants are working

75% of Minnesota’s foreign-born residents are working, just four percentage points below the statewide employment average.
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