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Check Out African Immigrant Overview

Get an overview of Minnesota's African immigrant communities in a two-part series from the St. Paul Pioneer Press published on July 5 and 6.

Sunday's paper featured a story that offered a snapshot of the local Oromo, Cameroon, Somali, Eritrean and Nigerian communities. Writer Fred Melo observes that Minnesota ranks ninth among the states in numbers of African immigrants, with the population pegged at 73,000 by the federal 2008-2012 American Community Survey. The article, Making St. Paul Feel a Little More Like Home: Several African immigrant communities have established or plan to create community centers in the city is available here.

A second piece, When It Comes to Africans in Minnesota, Numbers Might Lie, details the findings of Concordia University economics professor Bruce Corrie. Corrie says that the local African population is drastically underestimated and its economic power frequently overlooked.

By Corrie's reckoning, local Africans:

  • donate $14 million annually to philanthropic causes in Minnesota, and send back $150 million to African friends and family,
  • earn an overall income of at least $1.6 billion, That includes roughly $200 million in St. Paul and $300 million in Minneapolis alone.

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