Immigration from Laos
By: Berg Christensen
Push Pull Factors
Pull=Cheaper living costs, education, better jobs.
Long journeys in steps= Hmong usually move from villages in Laos to a coastal harbor town in Vietnam and China, To West coast cities like San Francisco and San Diego. And finally moving to Minnesotan cities.
The Hmong lived in small villages in the far west of Laos, When the U.S. Backed out of the Vietnam war the Hmong were severely punished by the communist government for helping the U.S. Gravitating them as far away from the cities into the villages.
Where they are
Few live in the south due to its frigid winters and poor farming conditions due to a large amount of clay in the ground.
They live mostly here in St. Paul.
The St. Paul area is a popular destination for many of the Hmong entering Minnesota for its cheap living costs, education, and Jon access.