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Today, there are more than 250,000 Ethiopians in the U.S., making them the second largest African immigrant group in the country, after Nigeria.

The largest community is in the Washington, D.C., metro area, followed by the Twin Cities. Official data put the number of Ethiopian residents in Minnesota at 13,000, though Solomon Gashaw, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota, says it’s likely more than 20,000.


Nearly a decade ago, when Henok Alemayehu Degfu spent his first two paychecks on a laptop, some of his relatives thought he was nuts.

Degfu had been in the U.S. for only a couple of months at that point, and those close to him expected him to save the money he earned from his part-time job.

Degfu, however, had a dream — one he had been determined to pursue since 2004, when the government in Ethiopia shut down the newspaper he ran there and accused him of defamation, charges that could have put him behind bars for decades.


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United States (US) is estimated to have a population of 325.0 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.8% pa.
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