Topic: Immigration

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Speaking for Ourselves
The Speaking for Ourselves survey asked immigrants and refugees living in the Twin Cities about their perceptions and experiences related to education, transportation, housing, public health, safety, employment, finances, community and social engagement, and the immigrant experience. This study builds on a previous study conducted by Wilder Research in 2000.
Most recent report: September 2017

Oromo Community Assessment
In partnership with members of the Oromo community, Wilder Research conducted a community assessment for the Oromo community in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. The assessment included a focus group and survey that addressed concerns that Oromo people have for those living in Minneapolis and Minnesota.
Most recent report: July 2016

ECHO Minnesota - Minnesota Multi-Language Messaging Initiative
A partnership of ECHO Minnesota and Twin Cities Public Television, together with technology, emergency management, communications, and cultural community partners for the purpose of developing standardized alert and warning messages in languages spoken by Hmong and Somali immigrants and refugees in Minnesota.
Most recent report: July 2015

ECHO Minnesota
ECHO Minnesota partners with health, safety, and media organizations to help diverse communities access the resources they need regarding health, safety, civic engagement, and emergency readiness. They worked with Wilder Research to gather information about increasing mainstream financial service usage among four cultural communities. For more information and resources produced through the Make Money Work project, go to:
Most recent report: May 2015

A New Age of Immigrants - Making Immigration Work for Minnesota
Describes characteristics of Minnesota's immigrant population; economic, social, and cultural effects of immigrants; policy considerations, and more. Commissioned by The Minneapolis Foundation, this report was completed to help promote constructive dialogue on the issue of immigration in Minnesota.
Most recent report: August 2010

Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health - Best Practices in Meeting the Needs of Immigrants and Refugees
Compared to their native counterparts, immigrants and refugees are at higher risk for developing mental health problems due to previous trauma and/or the stress of migration and resettlement, such as war, violence, poverty, and acculturation. This brief discusses the barriers and service gaps that prevent these populations from receiving mental health services, cultural considerations, and effective service models.
Most recent report: February 2009

Speaking for Themselves
This survey explores the experiences of four major immigrant groups in the Twin Cities area. Topics include reasons for leaving home, reasons for coming to the United States and Minnesota, English language ability, treatment by Americans, views about cultural identity and Americanization, children and schools, religious identification, types of employment, stress factors, and sources of news and information. This study also demonstrates a workable method for a random-sample, multilingual, large-scale survey of immigrants. If you wish to conduct your own statistical analysis on the data, we have made it available through the Immigration History Research Center at:
Most recent report: November 2000


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