Minnesota Public Radio: Jobs, housing lure Karen refugees to spread across Minnesota

EXCERPT: “Greater Minnesota has given many refugees eager to make their mark in the American economy what the Twin Cities could not: ample jobs. That was especially true about a decade ago, coming on the heels of the Great Recession. Unemployment was high, and a lot of companies in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region could afford to be picky. They were reluctant to hire people with limited English and no work experience in the United States. Take, for instance, Pay Mu and Saw Tha Thaw, who arrived in St. Paul in 2008 as part of a growing wave of Karen refugees, an ethnic community from Myanmar — formerly named Burma— escaping political violence and persecution in their Southeast Asian country.” FULL STORY: http://bit.ly/2PQsOyl