Mila Koumpilova | Star Tribune
Reporter | Immigration and cultures

Mila Koumpilova writes about immigration and Minnesota's immigrant communities. During more than a decade of reporting, she has been an education, general assignment and features reporter. A former North Dakota Rookie Reporter of the Year, she has received recognition from the national Education Writers Association, the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists and others.


Ellison joins bid to let West Africans from Ebola-affected countries stay in U.S.

Bill would add 18 months for people from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.


Beset by backlogs, Minnesota immigration court due to add judges

Immigration court has a nearly two-year wait.


Minnesota bill against female genital mutilation raises opposition

After the bill's near-unanimous passage in the House, longtime critics of the practice have raised concerns about the measure, leading to some second thoughts.


'Uncertainty on all sides' as flow of refugees into Minnesota slows

Arrivals hit a low of 66 statewide in March, roughly one-fifth the level of a year ago, before rebounding slightly in April. Somalis, who last fall were a majority of refugees in the state, made up less than a quarter of last month's arrivals, based on new data from the State Department.


Review: 'The Bride Price,' by Mai Neng Moua

NONFICTION: A young woman';s rejection of a "bride price" causes a family rift.


Immigration agents making more arrests under Trump

Immigration agents in Minnesota and surrounding states arrested considerably more people during the Trump administration's first couple of months than in early 2015 and 2016.


State immigrant crime victims find disparities in visa program

Minneapolis police have backed more than 80 percent of the visa applicants in recent years, putting it near the top nationally. St. Paul's rate, by contrast, has hovered around 10 percent. Some Twin Cities suburbs approve an even smaller share.


New enforcement push sends Twin Cities immigrants into shadows

Rumors fuel fears, though enforcement hasn't changed dramatically.


Syrian-Americans heartened by airstrike despite reservations about Trump

For some in Minnesota's small community of Syrian expatriates, the overnight missile strike brought emotional whiplash: After deep disappointment with Trump, they were heartened by a move they hope will rein in that regime's brutality against civilians.


Minnesota unaccompanied minors find help, worry about changes

The Trump administration is weighing major changes that would affect the fate of unaccompanied minors from Central America, from expedited deportations to fines for parents who pay smugglers.