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2015 Holiday Appeal - Beyond Syria
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Since last summer all of the United States witnessed the mass migration of Syrian refugees fleeing their brutal civil war. This exodus left many wondering what were the implications for refugee resettlement in the US: http://goo.gl/vbB8GH
2015 Holiday Appeal - Survivor Support Services
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Although Domestic Violence occurs at the same rate across all communities. The murder rate is significantly higher among immigrant and refugee women because of the barriers they face in seeking freedom. Read the latest installment of our 2015 Holiday Appeal: http://goo.gl/l7Uho9

2015 Holiday Appeal - Cultural Calendar
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Whether the Chopin Singing Society, Korean Dancers, Ugandan drummers, or the Karen Wrist Tying festival, IIB has been home to newcomer celebrations for more than a century.

2015 Holiday Appeal - Akili's Story
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Akili and his wife Reny fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2008. After a 1,300 mile journey and six years in a refugee camp, they're building a new life in Buffalo: http://goo.gl/EfYNms

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Hiring Refugees

The International Institute of Buffalo works closely with employers and refugees to ensure that each job placement is a good fit for the employer and the new employee. All refugees resettled by the International Institute are legal immigrants, able and eager to work in the United States. Read below for more information, or call (716) 883-1900 to speak with our Employment Office.

FAQs about Hiring to Refugees

What kind of work documents do refugees have?

For purposes of employment, our clients have a form I-94 and social security card to satisfy the requirements of the I-9 employment verification form. Even before they arrive in the United States, our clients are given "refugee status," which indicates that they have entered the country legally and have received a rigorous, multi-tiered security clearance and work authorization.      back to top

Do refugees speak English?

 All clients are enrolled in appropriate English classes or employment training programs upon their arrival in the United States. Our clients' English language ability varies from "Hello" to having worked as interpreters for the United States military.    back to top

What types of work can refugees do?

Like people of any background, our clients come with a variety of skills and experience. Some speak fluent English and have degrees in law or accounting; others were teachers, doctors, nurses, or skilled laborers in their homeland.       back to top

What are the advantages for my company if we hire through the International Institute of Buffalo?

  • Our services are free.
  • Our clients are motivated workers with a strong work ethic
  • All candidates are pre-screened to match your job description. 
  • We have a large pool of clients who are available to work immediately.
  • We work closely with employers and are on call for post-hire needs.      back to top

What local companies have hired through the International Institute?

  • Alpha Omega Janitorial Inc.
  • Arden Farms
  • Carabba's
  • Chayban Tailors
  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • Digitalfix
  • Globe Market
  • Hyatt Regency Hotel and Convention Center
  • Lexington Co-operative Market
  • Lloyd's Taco Factory
  • Macy's
  • Mansion on Delaware
  • Northwest Community Health Center
  • Nutrablend
  • Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel
  • Servicemaster Clean
  • Tim Horton's
  • Tyson
  • Wegmans         back to top

What should my company do to use this service?

Call the Employment Office at (716) 883-1900.  Your employment needs will be assessed and job candidates with appropriate qualifications will be matched to your specific request. 

We may request a site visit to give us a better understanding of your industry and your particular needs. We can arrange interviews at your convenience, and a staff member will accompany our client to the interview. Although you never have any obligation to hire a client; we are confident that you will find this service convenient and that our clients will be an asset to your organization.      back to top


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"God bless America. She take care of me."
-Somali refugee Ahmed Hassan, The Buffalo News

The mission of the International Institute of Buffalo is to assist immigrants, refugees, their families, and others who face linguistic and cultural barriers to become self-sufficient, productive members of our community, and to increase global understanding and international connections in Western New York.
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