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Minnesota: A State with Big Immigration Changes

Immigration is fundamentally changing the United States. Immigrants create businesses and jobs, pay millions of tax dollars, and bring innovative new ideas as well as their own culture and traditions.

While everyone perhaps knows that border states like Texas and California are changing dramatically due to immigration, you may not know about the dramatic changes happening in Minnesota.

If you need any help with acquiring a visa or with any immigration-related legal matter, speak with our skilled Dublin immigration attorneys at Sam Shihab & Associates.

Minnesota and Immigration

Over the past quarter-century, the number of Minnesotans born outside the United States has tripled. Minnesota’s immigrant communities are now an essential part of the state’s economy and a growing political force. About 68,000 Minnesotans are originally from Mexico, 84,000 are originally from Central America, and nearly 40,000 are Somalians. Others have come from Eritrea, Kenya, Ethiopia, and scores of other nations.

About 65 percent of the immigrants in Minnesota have jobs – roughly the same percentage as U.S.-born residents, although Minnesota’s new Americans don’t make on average as much money as U.S.-born workers. The manufacturing industry is the largest employer of immigrants in Minnesota, employing about twenty percent of the state’s working immigrants.

Educationally, 26 percent of the immigrants in Minnesota have no high-school diploma, but more immigrants than non-immigrants in the state have advanced degrees.

Minnesota’s married immigrants have an average of 3.81 children compared to married non-immigrant Minnesotans who have an average of 2.97 children. However, immigrants are less like to own homes than U.S.-born Minnesotans. 47 percent of the immigrants in Minnesota are homeowners, while about three-quarters of U.S.-born Minnesotans live in their own homes.

Minnesota Reflects Nationwide Patterns

The changes in Minnesota are reflective – and predictive – of the changes that are happening across the nation. If you need help obtaining an employment-based. family-based, or student visa or a green card, applying for deferred action or asylum, or becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, contact an experienced Ohio immigration attorney for any and all of your immigration-related legal needs.

Sam Shihab & Associates has offices in Dublin and Columbus, while also serving clients in Michigan, Texas, and beyond.

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For an updated snapshot of Minnesota’s immigrant population, refer to the American Immigration Council’s “Immigrants in Minnesota” factsheet.

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