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From Arriving to Thriving

At the International Institute of Minnesota, we help immigrants and refugees make Minnesota their home.



Did You Know?

Our clients, students and staff come from all over the world, contributing to Minnesota’s culture, labor market and economy.

  • 25,000


    of English instruction provided last year.

  • 111


    Last year, we worked with 4,533 clients from all over the world.

  • 28


    We’re proud to have a diverse staff that supports our clients.

  • 100 +


    years serving New Americans since our founding in 1919.

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Welcome to the International Institute of Minnesota

We empower New Americans as they begin new lives and achieve their full potential. Our comprehensive services range from refugee resettlement and citizenship and immigration support to English education, college preparation, and workforce and leadership development. Since our founding in 1919, the Institute has been a pillar of support for New Americans as they journey to safety, stability and success.

  • Compassion

    We lead with compassion, listen with patience, and respond with sensitivity and discretion to every unique situation, individual and family we meet.

  • Connection

    We serve as a bridge between families, individuals and the greater Minnesota community as well as donors, policymakers and volunteers alike.

  • Respect

    We believe in fostering the potential of every New American to learn, grow, thrive and enrich our Minnesota community.

What Our Clients Are Saying

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    Media Coverage

    Star Tribune: A Trump Immigration Crackdown Could Cripple Minnesota’s Workforce

    Star Tribune | If former President Donald Trump earns a second term in November, a promised crackdown on both documented and undocumented immigration would likely hit an even tighter job market and send shockwaves through the state’s economy.

    Read the Story
  • Stories

    Kasahun’s Story: “A Voice for the Patient”

    When Kasahun graduated and became a registered nurse with Institute support, he said, “I look forward to using my skills to help those in need of my help in the community and the state in which I live, through caring for the sick, advocating for the poor, being a voice for the voiceless and helping my fellow citizens to achieve their educational dream.”

    Read His Story
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    Volunteer Spotlight: Kathy

    We’re highlighting the impressive work of our volunteers throughout April, in honor of Global Volunteer Month. Learn more about what inspires and motivates Kathy, an Institute housing volunteer.

    Read Her Story
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Make an Impact

With your support, we can provide New Americans with a strong start to a new life. Whether it’s the gift of financial support, your time or resources, we are most grateful for your generosity; it is essential to the success of our community.

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