Immigration in Minnesota

Find out about about immigration in the State of Minnesota.

Useful information about demographics, research and history of immigration in Minnesota. For information about volunteering, please reach out to one of the City's community partners on immigration.

Minnesota demographics


Significant dates and holidays for Minnesota immigrant communities

Latino Heritage Month

Latino Heritage Month recognizes the significant contributions the Latino community has made to the United States. Sept. 15, the first day of Latino Heritage Month, is significant because it marks the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico celebrates its independence on Sept. 16 and Chile on Sept. 18.

The Latino population in Minneapolis has grown significantly in recent decades with more than 44,000 Latino residents in the city today, representing 10.5% of the city’s population. Find a list of activities for Latino Heritage month and a guide to Latino restaurants, arts studios and businesses on the Meet Minneapolis website.

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, or the Fifth of May, is a holiday celebrating the date in 1862 that the Mexican Army defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Information about livestream events today is available on the New York Times website. More information about Latino culture in Minnesota can be found at the Minnesota Council on Latino Affairs

45th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon

April 30, 2020 marks the 45th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, marking the end of the Vietnam War. Minnesota is home to many Vietnamese who first came to the state as refugees with the assistance of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, Catholic Charities, World Relief, Jewish Family Services and International Institute. More information, including links to a documentary about refugees who fled Vietnam, "A Lost Homeland" can be found on Minnesota Public Radio.

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Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

Neighborhood & Community Relations




Crown Roller Mill
105 Fifth Ave., Room 425
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Office hours

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

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