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Illuminating Minnesota’s Immigrants Past and Present
For Global Minnesota, the University of Minnesota created public programming exploring immigration to the Upper Midwest. Image courtesy of Global Minnesota.
For Global Minnesota, the University of Minnesota created public programming exploring immigration to the Upper Midwest. Image courtesy of Global Minnesota.

Since the nineteenth century, when 40% of its population was made up foreign-born northern and western Europeans, Minnesota has been a hub for immigrants. In 2016, the University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center used an NEH grant to produce a year-long series of programs focused on the history and present-day reality of immigration in the Upper Midwest, where the newest immigrants come from Asian, Latin American, and African countries. According to Professor Erika Lee, who directed the project, the program responded to a “blend of old and new immigration that begs for more research and conversation.”

“[It helped us] achieve our longstanding goals to make an impact beyond the university and seed long-lasting collaborations from which we will continue to benefit.”
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