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Refugee Employment Services


We Connect New Refugees with Jobs

Refugees arrive in Minnesota eager to support themselves and their families. Our employment counselors work with clients to help them find their first jobs and provide the support needed so they can begin the journey toward economic self-sufficiency.

We also work with employer partners to help fill job openings with qualified employees.

Support Services for Our Clients

Newly arrived refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian immigrants, Afghan and Ukrainian parolees and victims of trafficking may be eligible for Refugee Employment Services. Participants must be highly motivated to work and be open to entry level positions.

Our services include:

  • Employment counseling, resume writing, job placement and skill building
  • Weekly job club classes
  • Free English language classes
  • Health and medical services
  • Social adjustment services including counseling, interpretation and cultural orientation programs
  • Case management and referrals to other services
A woman meets with a male refugee who sits across from her at a desk.

More Classes and Programs

  • English Classes

    Learn how to read, write, and speak in English. We teach adults at all levels, from beginning to advanced.

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  • Community Orientation Workshop

    Practice English and learn skills about life in the U.S. Weekly topics include transportation, community resources, job readiness, money, health, and more.

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  • Housekeeping Training

    Learn cleaning skills to work in hotels, nursing homes, hospitals, and office buildings. For students with beginning English or no work experience in the U.S. Graduates receive help finding a job.

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The Institute’s refugee employment programs are funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement as part of its Matching Grant Program and Minnesota’s Refugee Resettlement Program Office.

Contact Us

Please call or email us if you have a question about Refugee Employment Services.

Hamdi Maalin
Program Manager
(651) 377-8606