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International Institute of Minnesota has helped thousands of refugees rebuild lives in America

by Sarah Thamer | MPR News


March 29, 2024 | Around 400 new U.S. citizens from more than 70 countries waved the American flag and sang along to the national anthem at a naturalization ceremony held in Brooklyn Center recently — marking a new milestone in a long journey to Minnesota.

One of them is 32-year-old Shalom Mugisha who was born in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Mugisha is one of thousands of refugees who received help through the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program, and one of hundreds who got connected with the International Institute of Minnesota. Housing case managers from the institute help refugees like Mugisha find housing, jobs and resources they need to start a new life.