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International Immigration and Foreign-Born Population
Population moving to Minnesota from other countries has reached historically high numbers in recent years, sparking keen interest in these populations.
Minnesota’s State Demographic Center has produced estimates for some of the largest of these population. Additional information on international immigrants and foreign-born population in the state is available from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Immigration Statistics, MN Department of Education, MN Department of Health. None of these sources gives a complete picture of international immigration in Minnesota. Estimates of these population rely on a synthesis of many sources of data and necessarily have fairly large confidence intervals.
The Office of Immigration Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, collects and publishes data on legal immigrants by country of birth. This data is available in a consistent format beginning with 1982. In addition, many immigrants come here from other states – secondary migration. Also, the Census Bureau estimates that about 30 percent of all legal immigrants decide to leave the U.S. and return to their home countries. Movement of immigrants makes estimating their numbers more difficult. The Office of Immigration Statistics also estimates the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S., but these estimates are not produced on an annual basis.
Most immigrant groups are comprised of both immigrants and native-born children. For populations who have been in the U.S. for long periods of time, the population includes native-born, some of whom may be third or even fourth generation Americans, recent arrivals and foreign-born people who have lived in the U.S. for many years.
Data on immigration comes from the U.S. Census, the Minnesota Department of Education, the Department of Homeland Security’s (formerly Immigration and Naturalization Services) Immigration Statistics, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Policy changes, changes in immigration law and developments throughout the world have marked effects on the number of people moving to Minnesota from other countries.
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