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Media release
Foreign-born Women in Minnesota Have Higher Fertility Rates

Extent: web page
Description: Announces the release of a new report on birth rates among foreign-born women in Minnesota
Date: January 1, 2003
Subject(s): Demography; Children; Races; Fertility
Creator(s): Minnesota Planning (Agency). Office of the State Demographer
Publisher: Minnesota Planning (Agency); Minnesota Planning (Agency)
Contact: Susan Brower, 651-201-2472; State Demographer

A new state report says that foreign-born women in Minnesota have on average about 3 children during their lifetime, compared to about 2 for women born in the United States. The report, published by the State Demographic Center at Minnesota Planning, says that as more immigrants move to Minnesota, these fertility differences are affecting population growth and school enrollment trends. In 2000, 9,065 Minnesota births were to women born outside the United States, up from 3,641 in 1990. State Demographer Tom Gillaspy said “Larger numbers and higher fertility of foreign-born women are having a dramatic effect on Minnesota birth rates for the first time in many decades.” He also noted that foreign-born mothers are diverse. “Immigrant women come from many different cultural backgrounds. Some are refugees, some come to attend college, some move here as adults while others arrive as small children. All these things are probably related to fertility.” For example, 29 percent of foreign-born mothers did not finish high school, but 39 percent attended or graduated from college. The report also suggests substantial differences among nationality groups, with women born in Laos having larger families than women born in Vietnam or Mexico.

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