Refugee Agencies Praise MA Legislature for Approving $12 Million in Aid for Over a Thousand Afghan Arrivals

2022-04-05T15:55:55-04:00December 9th, 2021|

BOSTON, MA: Mass. Refugee Resettlement Agencies, the nonprofits tasked by the federal government with welcoming and resettling hundreds of Afghan immigrants, praised the MA legislature for including $12 Million to support Afghan arrivals in the final spending bill sent to Governor Baker’s desk on Friday. “We are incredibly grateful for our legislative champions, Speaker [...]

Safeena: An Afghan refugee finds welcome and opportunity in Lowell

2022-02-24T17:06:56-05:00November 15th, 2021|

Safeena poses with her three children. Safeena came to Lowell, MA as a refugee from Afghanistan in 2017, with her husband, two young children, and another baby on the way. She knew there would be challenges ahead. “My parents were here, so I was a little bit confident,” she says, but she [...]

Refugee Agencies in MA Praise House Supplemental Budget that Includes $12 Million in Aid for Hundreds Fleeing Afghanistan

2022-04-05T15:55:28-04:00November 1st, 2021|

Worcester, MA: Mass. Refugee Resettlement Agencies, the nonprofits tasked by the federal government with welcoming and resettling hundreds of Afghan immigrants, praised the inclusion of $12 million in the $3.65 billion House spending bill that draws from last year’s state budget surplus and over half of the American Rescue Plan funds. We are hopeful [...]

International Institute of New England (IINE) Statement on Community-Based Resettlement Models

2021-10-27T13:23:17-04:00October 27th, 2021|

The International Institute of New England (IINE) commends the U.S. Department of State’s commitment to quickly welcome and resettle evacuees from Afghanistan into U.S. communities. We are excited about the possibilities of new resettlement models that engage community groups across the country in receiving and supporting refugees. IINE has provided services to immigrants for [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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