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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

Sept. 15-24
Welcoming Week 2017

During this annual series of events, communities bring together immigrants and U.S.-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone – including new Americans. Click here for more info.

September 29, at 8-9:15 am; IISTL
Coffee & Bagels Speakers Series: the Latest on DACA

Hear from local experts including Jim Hacking, noted immigration attorney; Amanda Tello, community organizer & program coordinator at MO Immigrant & Refugee Advocates and spouse of former DACA recipient; and Fr. John O'Brien, Archdiocese of St. Louis. Click herefor more information. Please RSVP 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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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.

Value of Immigrants: Learn more about local and statewide impact. St. Louis overview; Feb. 21 PPT briefing. Missouri detailed report.

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

Syrian Refugee Crisis

Sign up for AmeriCorps 11-month program at IISTL.

IISTL Tours
Last Wednesday Monthly at 10 am. Group tours of five or more visitors can be arranged at other times. Use this form for both requests.

Request a Speaker
Schedules, especially for the Institute's Leadership team, are filled far in advance. Notice of 4 months or more will improve the chances of meeting your request. Use this form for requests.

Rent Event Space
Event space is available for rental by groups or individuals. First priority goes to collaborating organizations and clients. Use this form for requests.

IISTL News Brief - August Issue

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IISTL 2016 Annual Report