Montana is a beautiful and difficult area to live. Newcomers from any different neighborhood, state, or country experience challenges of acceptance and belonging. Nevertheless, generous Montanans appreciate the unique contributions coming from newcomers. The Community Programs team in Montana is actively engaged with local nonprofit organizations, serving in the community, and developing opportunities for collecting and sharing refugee stories.
FY 2017-2021 data source: Refugee Processing Center: Admissions and Arrivals, excludes Special Immigrant Visa holders (SIV) from Afghanistan and Iraq, and New American Economy: Refugees in Montana
FY 2022 data: Does not include Afghan and Ukrainian perolees.
- Non-English Native Languages of North America
FY 2022 data source: Data USA
The Afghan Adjustment (AA) has been reintroduced in both the House (H.R.4627) and the Senate (S.2327) of the United States by a bipartisan group of legislators. We invite you to join us in honoring our promise to our Afghan allies by urging your representatives to pass the Afghan Adjustment!
Holidays are an important time to include newcomers. Newcomers are often aching for the traditions and holiday magic they knew at home - and the connections with family and friends. The Garcias* came from a strong family and community that knew generous and giving holiday traditions. I knew, when I met our new friends from Venezuela, the rich bond we would have; this was a kindred spirit family. Even though we have been bad at communicating (Google Translate is such a false hope), it was easy to find connections that helped us love each other.
Just as citizens in Europe and the U.K. have heroically supported displaced Ukrainians by opening up their homes or securing other housing, assisting with school enrollments, employment needs, and language learning, Americans now have the opportunity via the Welcome.us Sponsor Circles program to directly help newly arrived Ukrainians. The United States has committed to welcoming 100,000 Ukrainians temporarily for a period of two-years and the ability to apply for employment authorization in the U.S. as long as they have a U.S.-based sponsor to petition for them.
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