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Topics: Immigrants and immigration (past and present), Festival of Nations
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Topics: Microlending, credit building, women's lending, small business technical support, and cultural competency
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Topics: Education and citizenship, human trafficking, social issues facing immigrants, multicultural competency, workforce, career path, services, and II Global Farms.
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Press Releases

Institute Announces Creation of Missouri Office of Refugee Administration - May 4, 2018

Filling the Skills Gap - March 5, 2018

International Institute to Host Jewish & Muslim Christmas Day of Community Service - December 21, 2017

New Americans to Celebrate Their First Thanksgiving on November 21 - November 17, 2017

International Institute to Present Program this Friday, Sept. 29 on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) - September 28, 2017

International Institute of St. Louis Joins with Welcoming America and Hundreds of Communities to Celebrate New Americans during Welcoming Week - September 19, 2017

U.S. Citizenship Ceremony to be Held at International Institute Friday, September 15 - September 13, 2017

International Institute's 2017 Festival of Nations This Past Weekend Attracts Record Attendance - August 29, 2017

Festival of Nations - St. Louis' Largest Multicultural Celebration To Be Held August 26 & 27, 2017 - August 2, 2017


In the News

Baba ghanoush, tabouli, yebra and — welcome! - St. Louis Review - April 26, 2018

SIUE's International Studies Day promotes global careers, highlights UN - RiverBender.com - April 19, 2018

UMSL faculty members discuss how well America incorporates immigrants on ‘St. Louis on the Air’ - UMSL Daily - April 12, 2018

From Dortmund to St. Louis, cities face ‘contradicting messages’ in efforts to incorporate newcomers - St. Louis Public Radio - April 9, 2018

SIUE's International Studies Day to feature influential world affairs leaders - RiverBender.com - April 5, 2018

How Cities Like St. Louis Are Building Dynamic Communities - BuzzFeed - February 21, 2018

Springfield Organizations Teaming Up to Help Refugees - OzarksFirst.com - February 22, 2018

Number of refugees in St. Louis dropping sharply under Trump administration - St. Louis Post Dispatch - February 15, 2018

Number of refugees resettling in St. Louis decreases - The St. Louis American - January 19, 2018

Priory student’s ‘Bridges’ leads to understanding - St. Louis Review - January 18, 2018

450 refugees are expected to resettle in St. Louis this year, compared to more than 1,100 in 2016 - St. Louis Public Radio - January 17, 2018

Proud to be part of a society that welcomes immigrants - St. Louis Post Dispatch - January 16, 2018

Fewer Refugees Expected In St. Louis This Year - CBS St. Louis - January 16, 2018

Human trafficking: A global and local epidemic - alestlelive.com - January 11, 2018


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