In 2003, my mother and siblings moved to the United States to unite with my father. Prior to coming to the States, we learned that America was a “different place.” We were informed that employers in the US did not care about foreign degrees and that most educated foreigners worked in positions well below their educational level, and this was no different for my father. My Dad, a Boston University, trained Sociologist, worked in a group home as a Direct Support Staff. Many days when my Dad returned home from work, we could see the disappointment in his face, and whenever he could, he would speak about how much he disliked his job.
As of 2016, African immigrants made up roughly 6% of the state of Minnesota’s total labor force (MN Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage). Today, more than 134,000 African immigrants now live in the state – a 103% increase from 2003 to 2017 – with the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul region (MSP) being home to the largest population of Minnesotans of African heritage. Read More