We made Minnesota a welcoming place for New Americans from 98 countries. 

Since 1919, the International Institute of Minnesota has empowered New Americans achieve self-sufficiency and full membership in American life. Though the faces of our clients have changed over time, our commitment to their success has not wavered. This year, across our programs, we reached New Americans from almost 50% of the countries in the world. We believe this diversity strengthens Minnesota's communities.

 
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Sub-Saharan Africa

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East Asia & Pacific

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Latin America & Caribbean

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Middle East & North Africa

 
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South Asia

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Europe & Central Asia

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North America

Note: Geographic regions defined by the World Bank. Percentages based on clients who reported their nationality across all programs. In FY2017, we resettled 348 refugees from 13 countries. 


 

Our Programs Reached 4319 New Americans

Every day, over 100 people come to the Institute to take classes. More come in search of immigration assistance, or to meet with their case managers. Many people think of us as a refugee resettlement agency, and that is an integral part of our work. But in order to truly ensure new arrivals a strong start to a new life, we go far beyond basic resettlement needs, and have built a reputation as a workforce development leader, and trusted place for affordable immigration assistance.

 
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Career Development and Education

English for Work Classes, College Readiness Academy, Medical Careers Pathway, Hospitality Careers Pathway. 

Refugee Services

Resettlement, Refugee Employment Services, Anti-Trafficking Services, Unaccompanied Minors Program, New American Healthcare Initiative, One Community Program.

Immigration Services

Citizenship application assistance and class, Green Card Application and Renewal, DACA Application and Renewal, other paperwork assistance. 


 

We could tell 4319 stories.

Every New American who walks through our doors has a powerful story. We wish we could introduce you to everyone. Since we can't tell 4319 client stories, here are six that perfectly represent our mission.

 

 

CAREER PATHWAYS

"As a nursing assistant, I gained the experience I needed to make me a better nurse."

Read Nour's story >

COLLEGE READINESS ACADEMY

"With this program, I understood what I had to do."

Read Gnande's story >

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES

"I feel 100% safe, and for the first time ever I feel I am at home."

Read Suleiman's story >

 

IMMIGRATION SERVICES

"People have heard about [DACA] but they don’t know the facts."

Read Mariana's Story >

REFUGEE SERVICES

"My dad just got here two months ago. We’d been apart 3 years. I don’t know how to explain, we were all very happy and excited."

Read Raouf's story >

FESTIVAL OF NATIONS

Over 50,000 people came together to celebrate diversity in Minnesota at the 2017 Festival of Nations.

Read Jeannine's story >