Fargo-Moorhead’s dynamic energy is fueled, in part, by people from other countries who now call the Red River Valley home. The area’s foreign-born population grew by 50 percent in the five years between 2009 and 2014. These newcomers arrive with the same hopes and dreams as immigrants from previous generations. And, many bring work skills and innovate ideas that are energizing the area’s flourishing economy. In 2014, Foreign-born residents added over a half billion dollars to the area’s economic output, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The largest group of newcomers hails from Asia, according to recent census data. The next largest group is from Africa, followed by Europe, Latin America and Canada. Our foreign-born neighbors are students, workers, parents and professionals. They are young and old, newly arrived and long-time residents. They speak many languages and practice all the world’s religions.