Use your voice to advocate for New Americans and fair, compassionate policies. Talk with your legislators, friends, family and neighbors — together, we can make Minnesota a welcoming place for all.
- Discover the latest about issues affecting New Americans from U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), our partner organization.
- Get the facts about refugee resettlement and combat misinformation.
- Share data from New American Economy, a bipartisan research organization striving to grow our economy and create jobs for all Americans.
- Use impact stories from our blog and annual report to highlight New Minnesotans’ contributions to our communities, and follow the Institute’s news coverage to stay informed on developments affecting our New American clients.
Make sure legislators know what is important to you and that you value our New American neighbors.
- Contact Minnesota Legislators: Who represents me?
- Contact the Governor at mn.gov/governor/contact
- Call the White House to leave a comment: 202-456-1111
- Email the White House at www.whitehouse.gov/contact
Know the facts about refugees in Minnesota:
- PDF: Read, print and share this fact sheet showing how refugees benefit Minnesota
- Social media cards: Advocate for refugees through your social networks (click on an image below to enlarge and download).
The preceding PDF/graphic resources are the result of a collaboration between the International Institute of Minnesota, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Arrive Ministries, Minnesota Council of Churches and Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota. This information project was funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services Resettlement Programs Office.
Additional Refugee Resettlement Data
- Refugee Arrival Map via Minnesota Department of Human Services
- The U.S. refugee resettlement program has historically had bipartisan support. In fact, more refugees have been resettled under Republican presidents than Democratic presidents.
- Refugees benefit the communities they are resettled in economically and culturally, especially here in Minnesota.
- Our current refugee screening process is comprehensive and secure. It takes 18-24 months for a refugee to pass the background checks required for entry to the U.S.
- Despite fears that certain groups of New Americans are unwilling to assimilate, research indicates that New Americans are adapting to American culture more quickly today than at any other point in this country’s history.