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Our Impact

4,533 New Americans Served

By providing a strong start for refugees and immigrants — from housing and job training, to English classes and college preparation — the International Institute of Minnesota paves the way toward self-sufficiency. Once stability is achieved, we’re there for next steps, too: providing career advancement support, homeownership advising and a pathway toward citizenship.

With the Institute as a partner, New Americans and their families journey with increased confidence toward full membership in American life.

Refugee Services

824 clients served

through resettlement, employment, housing, extended services, anti-human trafficking and unaccompanied children, and Ukrainian and Afghan parolee services.

303 refugees resettled

215% increase in refugee resettlement since 2021

Workforce Development

776 clients served

through job training or College Readiness

82% hourly wage increase for our Medical Pathway Clients from wage at enrollment to wage at job placement

414 New Americans placed in jobs

35% increase in the number of clients enrolled in job trainings or career advancement programs

265 clients participated in financial coaching or homeownership education


1,168 clients served

740 students enrolled in English or U.S. citizenship classes

122 students of College Readiness Academy began or graduated from a college degree program

22 home countries presented by students in Community Orientation Workshops

Immigration Services

1,765 clients served 

1,134 U.S. citizenship applications filed

94% IIMN supported applicants achieved U.S. citizenship

$345,405 saved by IIMN clients in naturalization application fees to USCIS

631 clients supported with green card applications for refugees or asylees, DACA renewals and other immigration services

Two women and a child smile during a naturalization ceremony to become U.S. citizens.
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    This past year the number of New Americans in our programs grew by 38 percent, thanks to your support. We continue to foster stability and support for our clients.

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    In a year marked with remarkable growth, thank you to the 305 exceptional volunteers who gave their time, skills and compassion to serving New Americans.

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    Outstanding community engagement and support, alongside private donations, fueled the Institute in 2023 to assist New Americans in finding sure-footing faster.

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About Us

Founded in 1919, the International Institute of Minnesota (IIMN) offers New Americans quality services that support their journey to stability and success. Our comprehensive offerings include refugee resettlement, English education, workforce and leadership development, college preparation and immigration and citizenship assistance. We are a diverse team of knowledgeable and encouraging advocates, ready to welcome refugees and immigrants. IIMN helps New Americans rebuild their lives while pursuing their personal and professional goals.