Employee Profile: Meet Joe Gilbert, Education Program Manager

2023-09-21T13:01:34-04:00September 21st, 2023|

After spending the majority of his career in higher education, Joe Gilbert joined the International Institute of New England as the Education Program Manager in our Manchester office last year. In our latest employee profile, Joe shares how the ESOL program and his team have evolved, the many hats he gets [...]

Migrants, Immigrants, Refugees, Asylum-Seekers, Parolees: Understanding the Key Differences

2023-09-30T09:12:03-04:00September 15th, 2023|

Migrants. Immigrants. Refugees. Asylum seekers. Parolees. They all leave their homes seeking a better life. Some leave by choice, others by dire necessity. The terms used to describe people who make these difficult decisions and journeys are determined by why they come, and the different legal rights they have when they [...]

IINE Statement on Biden Administration Extending and Redesignating TPS for Ukraine

2023-08-31T15:35:54-04:00August 31st, 2023|

The International Institute of New England (IINE) commends the Biden administration’s decision to extend and redesignate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ukraine until April 2025. As Russia continues its relentless attacks on Ukraine—which have caused more than 5.1 million Ukrainians to be internally displaced and another 6.2 million to flee the [...]

Refugee Youth Spend Summer Exploring, Learning, and Bonding

2023-08-28T16:57:52-04:00August 28th, 2023|

This summer, refugee youth in Lowell, Massachusetts and Manchester, New Hampshire who participated in IINE programs throughout the year had the opportunity to stay engaged during the school break. With staff and volunteers, they explored their local communities, practiced their English skills, learned about art and science, and formed deeper bonds [...]

Suitcase Stories: How a Cup of Coffee Transports Maryna to Happier Days in Ukraine

2023-08-24T18:35:03-04:00August 22nd, 2023|

Maryna, a Ukrainian refugee, was living in Kyiv with her daughter when Russia invaded the country in 2022. In her recent Suitcase Stories performance she shared the story of her difficult and brave decision to say goodbye to family and friends in Ukraine with no idea when they may be reunited, [...]

2 Years After the Afghan Evacuation, Afghans Deserve Permission to Stay in Their New Home

2023-08-15T09:47:34-04:00August 15th, 2023|

By Alexandra Weber, Chief Advancement Officer and Senior Vice President Two years ago, on Sunday, August 15, 2021, the Taliban took control of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul. More than 76,000 Afghans were evacuated to the U.S. Families arrived exhausted, fearful, and unsure of what would come next, and resettlement agencies across the [...]

Spotlight Report: Welcoming Haitians (July 2023)

2023-07-25T13:12:25-04:00July 25th, 2023|

The Spotlight Report is a quarterly report to bring you a deeper understanding of our work. This Spotlight Report explores why so many Haitians are making the impossible decision to leave their homes and make the long, difficult journey to New England. Discover how IINE is responding to their arrival, and providing welcome, support, [...]

Suitcase Stories: Mapendo Reflects on Her Family’s Journey From the Democratic Republic of Congo and Starting Over

2023-07-24T15:27:43-04:00July 24th, 2023|

"This is when we knew we had to start life all over." Mapendo Mutingamo, a refugee youth client at IINE, is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo; however, she and her family have not been there in over a decade. In our blog, she shares her Suitcase Stories performance - [...]

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