According to census data, at least 77,000 African immigrants live in Minnesota. ACER works in the northwest suburban cities of Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Maple Grove, Crystal, Robbinsdale, and New Hope where a large population of African immigrants lives. An estimated 4,500 African immigrants live here, hailing primarily from Liberia, Somalia, and Nigeria.
The northwest suburbs are extremely racially, culturally, and economically diverse. Several of these cities are home to majority population of color. As in many communities of color in the Twin Cities region, African immigrants here face educational, employment, housing, health, and other disparities that limit our potential. ACER works with residents, local government, and community partners to eliminate those disparities and ensure that African immigrants’ expertise is valued in the decisions that affect our lives and our communities.
ACER’s work is not only critical for African immigrants, it’s also important for the health of the Twin Cities region. The demographics of this area already resemble the racial diversity we expect for the greater region by 2030. The progress we make now in the northwest suburbs can be a model for the future of an equitable and prosperous region.