Minnesota Expected to Get More Refugees in 2016
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota is expected to get more refugees in 2016 than it has in any year in the past decade.
The increase is a ripple effect of the migration wave sweeping the Middle East and Europe.
Minnesota is gearing up for more refugees with the federal government aiming to admit 15,000 more next year on top of the 70,000 typically accepted due to the Obama administration committing to aid Syrian refugees.
Resettlement groups say the mix of refugees' nationalities will likely remain the same in Minnesota, which has a large Somali population.
Bob Oehrig, executive director of resettlement group Arrive Ministries, says it's unlikely many Syrians would come to Minnesota because the state doesn't have an established Syrian community.