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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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In the refugee department, we depend on community support in order to help refugees get settled in Buffalo and become established and self-sufficient as quickly as possible.

Please visit our donations page to make a financial contribution, become a member, or to donate items for the refugee resettlement program.

For our wide range of volunteer opportunities, please visit the Refugee Resettlement section of our employment, volunteer, and internship page.


This internship has been such a good experience so far! I have met so many amazing people and learn so much every time I come into the Institute…I swear I'm not just saying this, I really mean it. Even though I've lived in Buffalo my whole life, this is the first time that I've needed to go to social services, use the bus system and visit many other places downtown.

I'm glad that I've actually been able to see the process of applying for health insurance benefits, social security and so on because although I am not proud to say it, I was ignorant regarding much of this before.

I really enjoy spending time with the refugees and seeing what amazing people they are. I was just able to use Spanish for the first time (I studied it through high school and my first year of college), with one of Mariya's clients and he was telling me a little bit about what life was like in Cuba. Each client really is amazing; I can't imagine having to adjust so abruptly to a different culture and language.

I am so happy that I got the chance to intern with the Institute because I can see that what you do is so important to the community and plays an essential role in helping these families become accustomed to a totally different lifestyle. Thanks so much for this opportunity!

-Arielle W., age 19, intern, Summer 2013 

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"(Buffalo) really is a lovely city and their people are brave...and so friendly.  Thank you!  We are brothers!"

 -Uruguayan Delegate, 2007

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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