Eden Prairie, MN losing Somali population due to lack of low-income housing?

Refugee Resettlement Watch

This very lengthy story at USA Today is an important read to learn about the battle that occurred there in recent years over the diversity-created achievement gap in the schools when large numbers of Somali refugees arrived. It is well-worth reading so that your community might be prepared for the day when your Muslim population gets above 3% in your city or county.

A Minnesota classroom. Photo: http://www.minnpost.com/learning-curve/2013/10/innovative-program-minneapolis-helps-somali-children-ease-transition-school

I’ve been studying some of the percentages of Muslim populations in certain countries and cities and my guess is that about 3% is the point where demands begin to be made.

According to this article (Diversity in the Classroom) at USA Today, if Eden Prairie does have 4,500 Somalis in a population of 81,000 then they are already in the 5% range:

About 1,800 Eden Prairie residents claimed Somali ancestry on the latest U.S. Census survey, but city officials…

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mick Dolan
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 23:37:41

    A real eye opener for me and a different take on suburban Minneapolis neighborhoods and schools. But I have to take issue with Eden Prairie having to hire interpreters for the Somali population—it is their obligation to learn the language of their new country if they plan on contributing to society. And here’s an idea; to encourage people to learn English, offer interpreters but charge for it by taking it out of their paychecks.


  2. The Conservative Hill Billy
    Dec 01, 2014 @ 13:11:41

    Mick, cost the taxpayers millions for interpreters in the California school district, and public offices!


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