More immigrants arrived in Minnesota in the year ending Sept. 30, 2005 than in any of the previous 25 years, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The 15,456 arrivals placed Minnesota 17th among the states in immigration for the reporting period and accounted for 1.4 percent of the U.S. total. The number of immigrants from African countries continues to increase – in 2005, two in every five immigrants came from Africa. Asia was second with 28 percent of all immigrants.
A total of 2,233 immigrants arriving in Minnesota during the period were born in Somalia, 1,303 in Ethiopia and 830 in India. Rounding out the top 10 by country of birth were Liberia (713), Mexico (636), China (675), Vietnam (583), Russia (515), Kenya (502) and Canada (433). Immigrants from the Philippines declined from 569 in 2004 to 399 in 2005, moving the Philippines off the top 10 list.
Minnesota ranked second after California in the number of refugee arrivals, outpacing Florida and Washington, which had ranked higher than Minnesota in 2004. Refugee arrivals in Minnesota in 2005 totaled 6,357 or 11.8 percent of all refugees coming to the U.S. These numbers do not include asylum seekers – people living in the U.S. when they file their application. Florida has the largest number of asylum seekers, followed by California.
From 2000 to 2005, 68,929 immigrants have moved to Minnesota. By comparison, from 1990 to 1999, 73,733 immigrants came to Minnesota, and from 1982 (earliest data for all of Minnesota) to 1989, 46,712 arrived.