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As a result, they were subject to violence and retribution in Laos.Many Hmong escaped Laos to Thailand where they were incarcerated in refugee camps."They came here and they found jobs within a month or two and are making ten, eleven, twelve dollars an hour," he said.A 2002 community directory provides listings of 13 Hmong community organizations and 39 Hmong religious congregations in the Minneapolis-St. Whereas many Hmong in California's Central Valley have taken up their old occupations of farming, those in Minneapolis have found jobs working in factories.This helps explain the huge Hmong American population growth between 19, despite the decline in refugee admissions after 1994.
The 2000 Census counted 186,310 Hmong Americans across the U. (single race or part-Hmong), representing a nearly 90 percent increase in the population from 1990.This shift was epitomized by the emergence of Minneapolis and St.Paul as the unofficial capitals of Hmong America, taking over from Fresno.Most had been farmers in their native country, and did not graduate from high school or the equivalent.As a result, many Hmong families when they first arrived were forced to go on public assistance.