Developing Effective Supports for Immigrants and Refugees: Collaboration Across Institutions and Community

Minnesota is home to more than 400,000 immigrants and refugees. The majority live in the Twin Cities. Speaking for Ourselves: A Study with Immigrant and Refugee Communities in the Twin Cities looks at the experiences of Hmong, Karen, Latino, Liberian, and Somali immigrants and refugees living in Hennepin and Ramsey counties. This report explores key ingredients for the success of inter-organizational collaboration among agencies that serve immigrant populations and portrays the principal needs experienced by immigrant groups with respect to civic participation and social engagement; education; employment; health; money management; transportation, housing, and safety.



26 p.

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Wilder Topic


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Speaking for Ourselves

The Speaking for Ourselves survey asked immigrants and refugees living in the Twin Cities about their perceptions and experiences related to education, transportation, housing, public health, safety, employment, finances, community and social engagement, and the immigrant experience. This study builds on a previous study conducted by Wilder Research in 2000.

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