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From Arriving to Thriving

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


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Newly arrived refugees need warm coats as they adjust to their new lives in Minnesota. Click below to donate through our Amazon Wish List!

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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.

  • 115 +


    This year, we worked with 4,510 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.

What Our Clients Are Saying

What’s New?

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  • Stories

    Yolande’s Story: A Nurse’s Courage to Begin Again

    Yolande, a new arrival from Cameroon, shares about starting a new life through the Institute’s English classes and Dietary Aide job training. “It feels good to have a job.”

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    November 2023 Updates

    In this month’s newsletter, you’ll learn about:

    • Visits from MN policy leaders
    • Entrepreneurship class launch
    • Our new Director of Refugee Services
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    Announcing New Director of Refugee Services

    Michelle Eberhard will oversee our Refugee Services team to ensure high-quality services to newly arrived families.

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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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