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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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Refugee Resettlement

NEW! Friends & Mentors Program Information Here

In 2012, the International Institute of Buffalo assisted 230 refugees with resettlement in Buffalo and with establishing new lives in the United States. Refugees have fled war and persecution in their native countries and in many cases have spent years, even decades, in refugee camps.

We assist refugees with immediate critical needs like food, clothing, housing and medical care; help them overcome language and cultural barriers; and provide employment training, job placement services, and school advocacy. Click here for a full list of services.

Life is far from easy for most refugees when they first come to Buffalo: the shock from what they have fled and what their new culture requires of them can be overwhelming, even with the friendly faces and material support that the Institute provides. But in partnership with our parent organization, the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, and hundreds of generous volunteers and donors right here in Western New York, we work to ensure that refugees quickly become self-sufficient, active members of our community.

For more information on our refugee program and how you can help, visit:

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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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