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We’re often asked how particular refugee groups end up in Minnesota. Why is Minnesota home to more Somalis than anywhere else in the country? Why are there so many Karen people on the east side of St. Paul? Who chooses which refugee groups are granted entry into the United States? These are complicated questions to answer, but here is a little information to get you started. The answers to the first questions are pretty much the same: people want to live near people like them. National and local resettlement agencies try to take this into account when placing newly arrived refugees, and communities grow as families gravitate to the same areas to be near cultural centers, friends and family, religious life, ethnic grocery stores, and public transportation. Minnesota’s existing refugee communities and welcoming culture make it an attractive place to refugees resettled in other states as well.  In addition, refugee … Continue reading

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