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Minnesota is built on a foundation of interwoven cultures, and we continue to benefit from the ways immigrants from across the globe help build the vibrant communities we live in and love today. From Albert Lea to Zumbrota, Minnesota cities and towns thrive because of our diverse immigrant populations. Our research on immigration focuses on the contributions that New Americans bring to Minnesota, and policies at the state and federal level that can better allow immigrants to thrive and contribute to our communities.

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Only Wealthy Immigrants Need Apply: The Chilling Effects of "Public Charge"

While not yet in effect, President Trump's public charge rule would have a chilling effect on over 200,000 Minnesotans and have negative economic impacts on the state. 

January 2018

Immigrant contributions to Minnesota and Minnesota's eight congressional districts

Minnesota is built on a foundation of interwoven cultures and we continue to benefit from the ways immigrants from across the globe help build the vibrant communities we live in and love today. From Albert Lea to Zumbrota, Minnesota cities and towns thrive because of our diverse immigrant populations.

Of Minnesota's 5.4 million residents, more than 418,000 are foreign-born. Nearly 50 percent of those are naturalized citizens. This is just some of the demographic data compiled in easy-to-use infographics that illustrate how Minnesota's immigrants contribute to our economic and cultural prosperity

December 2017

Key housing issues facing immigrant communities in the Twin Cities

A collaborative project among the Minnesota Budget Project, the Minnesota Housing Partnership and the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.

Today, 12 percent of all Twin Cities metropolitan area residents are foreign-born. Immigrants play an increasingly significant role in the Twin Cities' economy and community — but too many face significant and systemic barriers to finding and maintaining adequate and affordable housing. This paper explores not only what barriers exist, but also what resources and community engagement strategies are needed to remedy these housing challenges.

October 2017

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals important for Minnesota's economy and inclusive communities

About 10,000 young people in Minnesota are eligible, and 6,300 currently receive, temporary relief from deportation and work permits through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA is an important tool in building the workforce the state needs. DACA has allowed these young community members to obtain higher levels of education and more work opportunities. They contribute to our communities in many tangible ways, including by an estimated $15 million in state and local taxes annually. Our analysis looks at how DACA recipients contribute to Minnesota and suggests ways to strengthen those contributions to both our economy and our communities.

Immigration Blog Posts

September 05, 2019

Minnesota has lots of opportunities to support immigrants, strengthen economy, according to new report

During a time when immigrants are being targeted by harsh federal policies , states have a unique role to play to...

August 21, 2019

Trump administration continues assault on New Americans with new rule

A new "public charge" policy would make it harder for New Americans to keep their families together and puts new roadblocks on their path to citizenship.

May 06, 2019

Driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status is good for Minnesotans, good for the economy

Last week, the Minnesota House passed expanded access to driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status as part of ...

September 24, 2018

New federal rule would increase hardship among New Americans

This weekend, draft language for a new “public charge” rule was released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security...

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Minnesota's Immigrant Contributions

Of Minnesota's 5.4 million residents, more than 418,000 are foreign-born. Nearly 50 percent of those are naturalized citizens. This is just some of the demographic data compiled in easy-to-use infographics that illustrate how Minnesota's immigrants contribute to our economic and cultural prosperity.

See our infographics highlighting demographc data for the state as a whole and for each of Minnesota's eight congressional districts.

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