Who immigrated to Minnesota? Minnesota’s first large groups of immigrants arrived from Europe, primarily Norway, Sweden, Ireland, and Germany. Today, the majority of Minnesota’s immigrants arrive from Mexico, Somalia, India, and Laos. About 9% of the state’s population were born in foreign countries.
Why did people migrate to Minnesota? By 1850, many settlers from New England as well as immigrants from Norway, Sweden, and Germany had settled in Minnesota. Drawn by the lure of inexpensive farmland and a growing industrial base, diverse groups continued to migrate to Minnesota.
How many immigrants are in Minnesota? Minnesota’s immigrant population totals 472,849 individuals representing 8.5% of the state’s total population, meaning one in 12 Minnesotans is foreign-born.
What is the largest immigrant group in Minnesota? In 2018, the largest groups of foreign-born Minnesotans were born in Mexico (about 64,500); Somalia (33,500); India (30,200); Laos, including Hmong (24,400); Vietnam (18,600); China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (18,600); Ethiopia (21,900); and Thailand, including Hmong (18,500).