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Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs

Information about the City of Albuquerque's Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.

About Us: Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs

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The mission of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs is to improve the lives of all immigrants and resettled refugees who are living in Albuquerque. The Office was established in 2016, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, to coordinate efforts to better serve immigrant and refugee residents.

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs convened a steering committee made up of staff from a wide range of immigrant- and refugee-serving community-based organizations.

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs commissioned a comprehensive evaluation of needs, resources and readiness of City government departments and programs to be inclusive of immigrants, refugees, and English-language learners in Albuquerque.

The evaluation, completed in July 2017, found a need for improvements in language access to City services and for outreach and navigation services to maximize the participation of immigrants and refugees in all areas of civic life. The evaluation also concluded that policies to promote immigrant and refugee safety and integration are essential. This evaluation is used as a guide by the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.

Download: Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs - Survey Analysis Report

Immigrant Friendly Resolution

Policies that promote immigrant and refugee safety and integration are essential.

The City Council reaffirmed and declared Albuquerque as a safe place for immigrants from all countries, as well as for war refugees, people of color, Muslims, Jews, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities and assured vulnerable communities that the City supports them, will do all it can to maintain and improve their quality of life, and stated that it will not tolerate acts of hate, discrimination, bullying, or harassment, in a resolution passed on April 16, 2018.

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs is responsible for ensuring compliance with City Resolution 18-7, the Immigrant Friendly City Resolution.

Community Engagement Process

The Office conducted an extensive community engagement process in 2017, with the help of fellows from within immigrant and refugee communities, to learn more about what communities need, through a creative, community building process.

Download: Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs - Creative Community Engagement Process Final Report

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