28 05, 2017

What makes IINE different?

2023-04-14T13:36:59-04:00May 28th, 2017|

The International Institute is a leader in creating programs and services for new Americans. Our expertise comes from more than 100 years of welcoming immigrants from every region of the world and more than 40 years of resettling refugees in New England. IINE is one of the few immigrant service providers in the region [...]

28 05, 2017

Why should New England welcome refugees and immigrants?

2023-04-14T13:40:50-04:00May 28th, 2017|

There are compelling humanitarian, civic, and economic reasons for welcoming refugees and immigrants to New England. Our region’s modest population growth, which is critical to the expansion of our economy, depends almost entirely on immigration. Approximately 28% of Boston’s population is foreign-born, and both New Hampshire and Massachusetts are in desperate need of people [...]

28 05, 2017

How does IINE help refugees and immigrants?

2023-04-14T14:43:32-04:00May 28th, 2017|

Through IINE, refugees and immigrants can learn English, access life and work skills coaching, enroll in healthcare, secure jobs, reunite with their families, and gain legal assistance. Each year across our three sites in Boston and Lowell, Massachusetts, and Manchester, New Hampshire, we help hundreds of refugee and immigrant families integrate into their communities [...]

28 05, 2017

Who does IINE serve?

2023-04-14T14:46:41-04:00May 28th, 2017|

We serve Refugees, Asylees, Victims of Human Trafficking, Cuban and Haitian entrants, Special Immigrant Visa holders, Central American children and families, and other immigrants with various immigration statuses. Below is a definition of each category: Refugees – A refugee is someone living outside of their country of nationality who is unable or unwilling to [...]

28 05, 2017

Can you tell me more about IINE’s history?

2020-01-03T14:01:09-05:00May 28th, 2017|

The International Institute of New England began in Lowell in 1918, and an office opened in Boston in 1924. A group in Manchester, New Hampshire started resettling refugees in the late 1970s, and in 1994, the three sites consolidated into a formal organization, which today is called the International Institute of New England. IINE’s [...]

28 05, 2017

How is IINE funded?

2023-04-14T14:49:09-04:00May 28th, 2017|

The work of the International Institute of New England is considered by the federal government as a public-private partnership. Each year, IINE receives 50-60% of its funding from public sources and works to raise 40-50% from private sources including individual, foundation, and corporate fundraising and modest fees charged from low-cost legal services and through [...]

28 05, 2017

How do the three sites – Boston, Lowell, and Manchester – interact with one another?

2023-04-14T14:50:02-04:00May 28th, 2017|

IINE’s central office, which is located in Boston, provides the three IINE sites – Boston and Lowell, MA and Manchester, NH – with operational and administrative support. The structure allows program staff to focus on providing high quality case management and services to clients. Staff in parallel site programming interact with each other frequently [...]

28 05, 2017

How many refugees does the United States resettle each year?

2023-04-14T14:51:52-04:00May 28th, 2017|

Since 1975, the U.S. has admitted more than 3.3 million refugees, an average of 80,000 per year. Under U.S. law, the President has the authority to determine the number of refugees the United States will admit each year. In Fiscal Year 2017 (October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017), President Obama raised the ceiling [...]

28 05, 2017

Why does the United States have a refugee resettlement program?

2023-04-14T14:53:03-04:00May 28th, 2017|

There are humanitarian and strategic reasons for the program, which the United States formally began in 1980. While not a stated purpose of the resettlement program, there are economic benefits to local communities that receive refugees. The U.S. has led the world in formal refugee resettlement, accepting more refugees annually than any other country. [...]

28 05, 2017

How many refugees does IINE resettle each year and where do they come from?

2020-01-03T14:10:32-05:00May 28th, 2017|

IINE was resettling an average of 625 refugees each year prior to 2017. We experienced a reduction in refugee arrivals in 2017 and 2018, and an increase to 246 refugees in 2019. Refugees come to New England from many countries facing war and violence including Myanmar (Burma), the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Sudan and [...]

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