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The International Institute is St. Louis’ welcoming center for new Americans. Our mission is to help immigrants and their families become productive Americans and champion ethnic diversity as a cultural and economic strength.

We provide essential community integration services to more than 7,500 immigrants and refugees from 80 countries each year. Our clients range from low-skilled to high-skilled and from non-literate to university-educated. Many are refugees who have fled war-torn countries around the world. We also work to build connections between foreign-born and long-time residents and produce Festival of Nations, our region’s most popular multi-cultural celebration.

Together, we can improve lives and help strengthen the St. Louis region.


Upcoming Events

October 14, at 1-2 pm; Contemporary Art Museum
RE: Out of Diaspora

Video artist Zlatko Ćosić came to the U.S. from the former Yugoslavia, and his experience of war, displacement, and shifting identities has consequently shaped the content of his art practice. For more information, click here. Event is free and open to the public, RSVP is requested.

October 20, at 11 am-12 pm; IISTL
American Voices present Sahba Motallebi, Music of Persia Traditional Meets Contemporary

This concert features Sahba Motallebi, a modern virtuoso of the Persian tar and setar. Join us for a special performance, featuring collaboration with St. Louis musicians. Event is free and open to the public, RSVP requested to info@iistl.org

November 15, at 5:30-7:15 pm; IISTL
Film & Panel Discussion: Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity

Join us in viewing Never Again: Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity directed by local St. Louisan, Leila Sadat. A gripping new film that delivers testimony from survivors of these continuing crimes- as well as calls from international experts working to remedy this gap in international law and justice. A panel discussion will follow the film. For a discussion guide, click here. Event is free and open to the public, RSVP requested to info@iistl.org

December 1-3, IISTL Gym
3rd Annual Holiday Bazaar

Kick off your holiday shopping with unique treasures from local artisans and crafters. Click here for more info or to apply for a craft booth.

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DACA presentation and panel discussion (1:06:28 video): What is fact or fiction? What is the most current news? How are Dreamers fairing in St. Louis? To watch video, click here.

Immigrant Service Resource Debuts: Immigrant ecosystem map courtesy of STL New American Alliance and its partners – International Institute, Mosaic Project, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Asian Chamber of Commerce, and Casa de Salud.

Executive Order 13769: Learn More
New Executive Order
- White House: Office of the Press Secretary - March 6, 2017

IISTL News Brief - October Issue