Fargo-Moorhead today is more diverse than any time in its history.
- An estimated 2,000 Bosnians, 1,000 Vietnamese, 800 Sudanese, 700
Somalians and 500 Kurds are living in F-M. They fled oppression
some saved their lives by escaping to the Red River
- Overall, refugees from about 30 foreign countries live in F-M.
- Today, 47 different foreign dialects are spoken in the Fargo School
District, presenting an enormous challenge to teachers who are trying
to mainstream the children of refugees into the American culture.
There are more than 1,200 children in F-M whose primary language
is something other than English.
- Now, refugees comprise about 6 percent of Fargos population.
- In all likelihood F-Ms refugee population and its
diversity will continue to grow once President Bush lifts
the moratorium on refugees coming into this country. When that happens
up to 70,000 refugees will enter the United States.
For the past six months The Forum has been examining the impact
refugees are having on F-M, and how they have adjusted to life in
the United States.
The result is the Valley to the World project, which
appears Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in eight-page special sections
that are being inserted into the newspaper.