Minnesota Creates High-Level Post To Help Connect Employers, Immigrants

21 Feb 2020


ST. PAUL — The state is hiring its first-ever assistant commissioner for immigrant and refugee affairs, a position that will focus on economic development for Minnesota’s newest Americans.

The position, which will be housed in the state Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), will work to identify and eliminate structural barriers keeping immigrants and refugees from joining the workforce and starting businesses, officials said as they announced the new assistant commissioner post.

This position is especially important considering Minnesota’s workforce shortage of 145,000 vacant positions across all industries, said DEED Deputy Commissioner Hamse Warfa.

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