Immigration to Minnesota


Push and Pull Factors


Lots of war, lots of drug problems, almost all schools shut down or were destroyed, fear of Al-Shabab.


Jobs that don't require fluency in English, large Somali community in MN, sight in opportunities, college, safe life from war.

Ravenstien's Laws of Migration


Migrants traveling long distances settle in urban areas, rural to urban, mostly adults 20-34, most migration occurs in steps.

Does not-

Most people travel short distances, counter flow, most are males.

Where People Live in Minnesota

Most live in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area, and also around relatively big towns where there is plenty of jobs.


The somali people who come have to learn English and find jobs that don't require fluency in speaking English.