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Refugee Services

Raouf's Story

Like many families, Raouf and his parents come to the Institute for many different services. Raouf attended College Readiness Academy, his mother works with a caseworker regarding her health, and this year, Raouf's father was resettled by the Institute after they had been separated three years. Through it all, Immigration Services helped his family with all of the paperwork. 


"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."


 
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348 New Americans welcomed

In 2017, we didn't resettle as many people as we had hoped. Still, 348 people started new lives with support from the International Institute this year. Thanks to you, we resettled them to a welcoming, grateful Minnesota community. 

More than ever before, you made it clear that refugees are welcome here: with donations, rallies, lawn signs, letters, and potluck lunches.

As we watched news stories of discrimination and fear, our experience at the Institute was one of support and love. Thank you. 

 

 

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 >

FESTIVAL OF NATIONS

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

Read Jeannine's story >

LETTER FROM OUR DIRECTOR

Some people have asked whether we’re concerned about our future. We answer with a resounding “no.”

Read Jane's Story >