The immigration of Moldovans to Minnestoa is largely tied to the greater migratory patters of people that were displaced as a result of the post-Soviet restructuring. Russians, Moldovans, Bosnians, Croatians, and others from the former Yugoslavia have emigrated to Minnesota due to ethnic conflicts, political and economic instability in the early 1990s. The Russian population in Minnesota has grown to over 12,500 and over 2000 Bosnians alone have immigrated into Minnesota. Between September 1998 to October 2008, the Minnesota Department of Human Services reported 526 new Moldovan refugees in MN (Minnesota Department of Human Services, 2009). According to the data provided by the Department of Human Services on persons from Moldova obtaining legal permanent resident, a greater number of Moldovans are dispersed elsewhere within the United States.