Moving Beyond "Refugee": The Somali Community of Portland, OR

Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies   (Portland)

December 2016

In October 2015, Dr. Uma Krishnan--who was then the City of Portland's demographer--was awarded an innovation microgrant by the city to conduct a pilot project for estimating a community-validated count for a "Small Population." The Somali immigrant community in Portland constituted the population for the count.

Dr. Krishnan has joined the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies/Population Research Center at Portland State University and the project is nearing completion. As part of the Neighborhood Pulse project's "Greater Portland 21: Stories of Place" series, she and community geographer Randy Morris have created a portrait of Portland's Somali community.


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