In 2015, the International Association for Refugees (IAFR) conducted research to identify who in the Twin Cities metropolitan area was providing supportive services or community accompaniment to individuals seeking asylum. This project uncovered a will and desire among area partners for more regular communication and collaboration. The MN Asylum Network launched as a result in 2016, co-facilitated by IAFR and The Advocates for Human Rights.

Since its formation, the MN Asylum Network has provided a hub for individuals, faith communities, and organizations of all backgrounds to foster hope, seek the welfare of asylum seekers, and meet the challenges of a shifting asylum landscape with informed advocacy, creativity, and solidarity.