Immigration News from July 21, 2021

Not much in the news today, so here is some information about Minnesota’s 472,000 immigrants, thanks to the Migration Policy Institute.

Minnesota’s immigrants make up 8.4 percent of the state’s population. “Immigrant” means someone who was born in another country. More than half of Minnesota’s immigrants are now naturalized U.S. citizens.

More than 80 percent of Minnesota immigrants are ages 18-64. Workforce participation by immigrants is higher than among native-born Minnesotans: 74.0 percent among immigrants and 68.9 percent among native-born Minnesotans. More native-born Minnesotans are older than 65.

Minnesota’s immigrants come from:

  • Africa: 26.7 percent
  • Asia: 38.1 percent
  • Latin America: 22.9 percent
  • Europe: 9.6 percent
  • Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greennland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon): 2.3 percent
  • Oceania: 0.5 percent

Most Minnesota immigrants have been here a long time: 19.4 percent arrived before 1990, 20.6 percent between 1990 and 1999; and 29.2 percent between 2000 and 2009.

Most Minnesota immigrants speak English: 19.4 percent speak only English, and 39.5 percent speak English very well.

There’s much more information on the Migration Policy Institute website. And if there’s other information you’d like to have, just drop me a line in the comment section and I’ll try to find it for you.

About Mary Turck

News Day, written by Mary Turck, analyzes, summarizes, links to, and comments on reports from news media around the world, with particular attention to immigration, education, and journalism. Fragments, also written by Mary Turck, has fiction, poetry and some creative non-fiction. Mary Turck edited TC Daily Planet,, from 2007-2014, and edited the award-winning Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, in its pre-2008 version. She is also a recovering attorney and the author of many books for young people (and a few for adults), mostly focusing on historical and social issues.
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