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New Languages in Minnesota.

Craig, William J.

According to the 1990 Census, 80,000 Minnesotans did not speak English very well. Most were new immigrants to the state, refugees from war-torn countries, or people looking for better economic opportunities. Communication with these new Minnesotans sometimes demands translation and interpretation services. But what languages? And where are the services most needed? CURA used data from the public schools about languages spoken at home to estimate what languages are spoken where around the state. It appears that the number of people who don't speak English well has doubled since 1990. Among school children, Hmong is the most popular language and three other Southeast Asian languages are in the top five. Spanish is the second largest group among school children, although it is still the largest group among adults across the state. African and Eastern European languages are growing at the most rapid rate. Most immigrants settle in the Twin Cities or in Olmsted County, but the need for interpreters is also strong in southwestern Minnesota.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Prepared at the request of the Minnesota state legislature in collaboration with MnSCU (Minnesota State Colleges and Universities).
27 (1): 6-10.
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Reporter 27 (1)