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10 04, 2024

1935-1944 – “Don’t Condemn—Understand”

2024-04-12T17:01:03-04:00April 10th, 2024|

1935-1944: Don't Condemn—Understand "100 Years of Welcome: Commemorating IINE's Boston Centennial" Series: Installment #3   Welcome to the third installment of our series, “100 Years of Welcome: Commemorating IINE’s Boston Centennial.” The previous installment, “1924-1934 – Fostering Community,” described how the newly formed International Institute of Boston (IIB) provided a [...]

26 03, 2024

Local Employers Say That Hiring Refugees and Immigrants is a Win-Win

2024-03-26T11:31:15-04:00March 26th, 2024|

When refugees and immigrants arrive in New England they are eager to join the workforce, succeed and advance in their careers, and contribute to their new communities. During a transition filled with uncertainty, landing a job in the U.S. is their first major step toward financial security and pursuing their dreams. [...]

15 03, 2024

From the Desk of the CEO: The Economic Argument for Welcoming Refugees and Immigrants

2024-03-15T13:42:28-04:00March 15th, 2024|

By Jeff Thielman, President and CEO at the International Institute of New England For those of us who feel strongly about advocating for the rights and protections of refugees and immigrants, the reasons we do so are deeply human. Refugees and immigrants endure long and often dangerous journeys to the U.S. [...]

13 03, 2024

1924-1934: Fostering Community

2024-03-26T11:35:30-04:00March 13th, 2024|

1924-1934: Fostering Community "100 Years of Welcome: Commemorating IINE's Boston Centennial" Series: Installment #2   Welcome to the second installment of our series, “100 Years of Welcome: Commemorating IINE’s Boston Centennial.” You can find the first installment, which described an immigration boom that bolstered the factory economy in Boston from 1910-1924 [...]

8 03, 2024

IINE Honors Giovanni Caforio, Bristol Myers Squibb’s Executive Chairman of the Board, at 42nd Golden Door Award Gala

2024-03-20T15:58:04-04:00March 8th, 2024|

On Monday, March 4, 480 IINE community members gathered at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston for our 42nd Golden Door Award Gala. Each year, the Golden Door Award is presented to an immigrant who has made outstanding contributions to U.S. society. The award takes its name from Emma Lazarus’s [...]

27 02, 2024

What Does It Take to Find Affordable Housing for Refugees and Immigrants?

2024-02-27T13:56:54-05:00February 27th, 2024|

It’s no secret that housing is extremely scarce in New England’s cities. A “vacancy rate” is the percentage of a city’s existing housing that’s available to rent. Lowell, Massachusetts has a vacancy rate of 7%. Boston’s hovers around 2% and Manchester, New Hampshire’s is less than 1%.   Affordable housing is even [...]

23 02, 2024

Employee Profile: Meet Jessica Gutierrez, Immigrant Family Support Coordinator

2024-02-23T14:05:40-05:00February 23rd, 2024|

Jessica joined IINE in 2023 as an Immigrant Family Support Coordinator on our Unaccompanied Children's Program (UCP) team. The UCP team helps children, some as young as two years old, who have fled their homes in Central America and crossed the Mexico/U.S. border unaccompanied to seek refuge from violence, poverty, and [...]

31 01, 2024

1910-1924: Redefining Americanism

2024-02-28T11:52:12-05:00January 31st, 2024|

1910-1924: Redefining Americanism "100 Years of Welcome: Commemorating IINE's Boston Centennial" Series: Installment #1   The International Institute of New England is thrilled to share the first installment of our new series, “100 Years of Welcome: Commemorating IINE’s Boston Centennial.” The series will begin in 1910 and guide us to [...]

30 01, 2024

What is a “Climate Refugee?”

2024-01-30T10:17:03-05:00January 30th, 2024|

6 things to understand about how the climate crisis is displacing people worldwide and what we can do to help “The period of global warming has ended; the period of global boiling has arrived,” United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced during another record-breaking summer for global temperature in 2023. [...]

26 01, 2024

Crafting A Warm Welcome: A Volunteer’s Homemade Blankets Help Refugees Through the Cold

2024-01-26T12:51:29-05:00January 26th, 2024|

During the harsh chill of their first New England winter, several of IINE’s refugee clients are finding warmth in beautiful, hand-crafted blankets from longtime community volunteer Lydia Walshin.   Each time Lydia donates one of the colorful “Welcome Blankets” she has crocheted, she attaches a card with a message of welcome that [...]

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