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Immigration

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.

Research

November 2015

Stable status for undocumented immigrants good for economy

In Minnesota, as in the rest of the United States, immigrants play a crucial role in shaping our economy and communities. Many of the first Minnesota immigrants came from Scandinavian countries, and today families from India, Laos, Mexico and Somalia call Minnesota their home.

November 2015

Driver's licenses for all Minnesotans builds the economy, keeps roads safe

For some Minnesotans, getting a driver's license is impossible, which makes it difficult to get to their jobs, get their kids to school, or even buy food at the grocery store.

November 2015

President Obama's executive action on immigration would expand opportunity

Throughout our nation’s history, immigrants have come to the United States in search of opportunities to build a better life for themselves and their families. Immigrants put their skills to work, and build our workforce and revitalize communities. But federal immigration policy has not kept up with the nation’s economic needs. As a result, there are many immigrants who have strong ties in their communities, but who do not have a legal status. Many have been in the country for a long time and have children who are American citizens. Others came to the U.S. as small children and don’t recognize any other home.

Immigration Blog Posts

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...

May 30, 2018

Refugees important to Minnesota’s workforce

Employers who hire refugees see lower turnover and choose from a wider pool of potential employees. That’s what a new...

May 24, 2018

New proposed rule from Trump administration would harm New American families

Earlier this spring, a proposed new federal rule was released that would make it harder for New Americans to thrive and ...

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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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