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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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Resettlement Program

Working under the auspices of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and the Office of Refugee Resettlement of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the International Institute helps refugees achieve their goal of self-sufficiency and active participation in the community as quickly as possible. Our services include:

  • Enrollment in English classes
  • Health screenings 
  • Workplace orientation, stressing:
    • Workplace English
    • Common employment policies and procedures
    • American culture
  • Employment skills assessment
  • Housing assistance
  • Orientation to the transportation system
  • Linking children to schools or daycare
  • Citizenship classes

All refugees resettled by the International Institute under this program:

  • are authorized to work in the United States
  • have received security clearance by the Department of Homeland Security
  • are medically screened by healthcare professionals before arriving in the United States and again upon arrival to Buffalo

Click here to find out how you can help refugees in Buffalo.

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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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