People come to our shores
for a variety of reasons: to
work; to study; to unite
with family members; to
pursue dreams; to leave behind wartorn
homelands, desperate poverty,
abusive dictatorships. Some come for
short stays while others are immigrants,
making America their new
home. Though the reasons for coming
are diverse, the goal for all is to build a
better future for themselves and their
families. Many "seek a few days without
sadness, misery and injustice, for
better times with new hopes and goals
to carry them out" (Montero). They do
not hate their homeland, and some
hope to return when their country's particular
situation improves. Many hope
to be part of the rebuilding of their
country by bringing back new ideas
Minnesota is known as a welcoming
state, and therefore many immigrants
come here. California may have more
Hmong, but our Hmong community is
the largest in a single urban area. In
Minnesota we have the largest number
of Somalis in the United States, with
estimates ranging from 20,000 to
50,000. How did they find Minnesota?
Why did they come? One Somali man
laughed as he said, "Not because of the
Nevertheless, at times the environment
for immigration is less than ideal, and
we hope to provide insight into some
of the reasons why. We will not be able
to change federal laws governing
immigration with this study. We do
hope to provide information that will
enable our members to look at all sides
of issues that are both complicated and
relevant to our communities and state.
Supported by Otto Bremer Foundation, Charlson Foundation, Ingbar Aronson Immigration Law Firm Endowment Fund, and Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
League of Women Voters Minnesota Education Fund.
Immigration in Minnesota. Challenges and Opportunities.
University of Minnesota: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.
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