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Refugee Resettlement

Refugee resettlement at the International Institute of Minnesota

The International Institute of Minnesota welcomes refugees to the Twin Cities and assists in the transition process to their new community.

Starting over in a new community is an immense challenge, especially if you’ve experienced trauma — from learning a new language to entering a new culture to processing the crisis from which one has fled.

Refugees arriving in the U.S. receive a one-time grant of $925 and 90 days of case management. Refugees are responsible for paying back the cost of their plane ticket to the U.S., which is purchased at market rate.

Refugee resettlement staff provide an array of services including:

  • Greeting newly arriving refugees at the Minneapolis/Saint Paul airport
  • Finding and furnishing housing prior to refugee arrivals
  • Enrolling refugee children in school
  • Connecting adults with ESL classes and employment counseling services
  • Applying for social security cards, selective service, and public benefits
  • Shopping for groceries and household items
  • Accessing medical care
  • Assisting with the use of public transportation
  • Providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere for our new community members

All refugees resettled by the Institute are:

  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • Have received security clearance by the FBI and State Department
  • Medically screened by health care professionals before arriving in the United States and again upon arrival

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