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Minnesota ranks high among states in welcoming refugees

Minnesota is in the top tier of states, per capita, when it comes to settling refugees, according to the Washington Post.

With President Obama calling for the U.S. to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees, the paper notes that the number of refugees has been capped at 70,000 per year, and that placement agencies are responsible for finding them homes.

Some states get more than others. Per capita, the top five are North and South Dakota, Idaho, Nebraska, and Vermont.

Minnesota is in the top 20 percent, taking more than 68 refugees per 100,000 residents in the past two years.

And even though the system tries to spread refugees around, Minnesota, the story notes, is a magnet for Somalis:

There are, of course, some refugee enclaves that have coalesced. For instance: of the 7,642 Somali refugees that came in since October, 911 of them ended up in Minnesota, where there is a thriving community of Somali immigrants thanks to the Lutheran Church, which started placing them there in the early 1990s. Now, it’s estimated that nearly a third of the Somali-born population in the U.S. live in Minnesota.

Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by DENNIS SCHMINKE on 09/11/2015 - 11:50 pm.

    MN Welcomes

    That is not the same as saying it is a Good Thing.

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