The Contributions of New Americans in Minnesota

In recent years, Minnesota has become an increasingly popular destination for immigrants looking to settle in the United States. As recently as 1990, the state was home to roughly 113,000 immigrants, a group that made up just 2.6 percent of Minnesota’s population overall. By 2010, the share of the Minnesota residents born abroad had almost tripled, reaching 7.1 percent. More recently, the foreign-born population of this northern state has been growing quite rapidly. Between 2010 and 2014, the number of immigrants living in Minnesota increased by almost 60,000 people. That represented a 15.7 percent jump in the size of the state’s foreign-born population. Only six other states in the country experienced more dramatic growth.

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