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8 04, 2022

Ukrainian Refugees: Frequently Asked Questions: Updated April 8, 2022

2022-04-27T12:19:49-04:00April 8th, 2022|

Many have been fleeing Ukraine since March 1, 2022, due to the escalation of a conflict with Russia that has caused civilian casualties and the destruction of civilian infrastructure. Those leaving are seeking safety, protection, and assistance. The majority are Ukrainian women, children, and those over 65, as most able-bodied men are required by [...]

25 10, 2021

Welcoming our first Afghan evacuee family to Greater Boston

2022-02-24T17:08:07-05:00October 25th, 2021|

On October 13th, the International Institute of New England (IINE) welcomed our first Afghan evacuee clients at Logan Airport in Boston. Abdulmuqsad Waziri, his wife Robina, and their four small children were greeted by IINE staff and accompanied to a secured and furnished apartment in Cambridge, which was made available thanks to [...]

1 10, 2021

Afghan evacuees approved for federal refugee benefits

2021-10-25T13:32:49-04:00October 1st, 2021|

The International Institute of New England (IINE) is pleased with the passage of the Continuing Resolution on Thursday, September 30, 2021 authorizing Afghan humanitarian parolees to receive refugee resettlement benefits. These much-needed benefits will include reception and placement services, and access to healthcare, food stamps, and limited cash assistance. This [...]

23 09, 2021

Stop repatriating Haitians seeking safety in the U.S.

2021-10-25T13:32:54-04:00September 23rd, 2021|

On Wednesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) expelled 86 Haitian nationals from the U.S., and flew them back to Haiti. These migrants were expelled under Title 42, a policy created under the Trump administration to speed deportations in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, thousands of Haitian immigrants [...]

21 09, 2021

Refugee cap raised to 125,000

2022-02-24T17:08:39-05:00September 21st, 2021|

The International Institute of New England applauds President Biden’s plans to increase the cap on the number of refugees who can enter the U.S. from 62,500 to 125,000 starting on October 1. There are 26.4 million refugees around the world, and by increasing our cap, the U.S. has a chance to [...]

20 09, 2021

A Tribute to Newell Flather, Philanthropic Leader

2022-02-24T17:08:47-05:00September 20th, 2021|

Newell Flather, an impactful philanthropist and a steadfast friend to Lowell’s immigrant community, died last week. Newell was the founder of GMA Foundations, and he was also widely recognized for his early work in creating new community foundations throughout New England, including the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. Newell grew up [...]

30 08, 2021

Afghanistan: A need for a broader response

2022-02-24T17:08:54-05:00August 30th, 2021|

The humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan has brought together a coalition of advocates, organizations, and nations helping Afghans seek safety, including the U.S. military, which has evacuated more than 120,000 people in the past two weeks.  While thousands of Afghans are beginning to arrive in the U.S., the United Nations High [...]

30 08, 2021

American Heroes

2022-02-24T17:09:03-05:00August 30th, 2021|

Afghans and U.S. citizens who have been evacuated from Afghanistan in the past few weeks owe their lives to the heroic efforts of U.S. troops guarding Hamid Karzai International Airport.  The International of New England (IINE) is grateful to U.S. troops who have bravely helped thousands of people to safety. [...]

18 08, 2021

We Stand with the People of Haiti

2022-02-24T17:09:10-05:00August 18th, 2021|

On August 14, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck near southern Haiti. The loss of life and injuries have been large, amplifying the already growing economic and political devastation in the country. Many of our colleagues and clients have family and friends who have been directly impacted. The International Institute of [...]

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