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The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs 

The City of Minneapolis is establishing The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, an exciting and vital resource to ensure that Minneapolis is a safe and welcoming place for all. The Office, housed in the department of Neighborhood and Community Relations, will support our One Minneapolis goal to “eliminate disparities so that all Minneapolis can participate and prosper." The Office is anticipated to begin operations in the summer of 2018.

Our Welcoming City

The City of Minneapolis recently joined Welcoming America, a network of cities and counties that foster an inclusive community and believe that, when everyone feels like they belong, communities prosper. Welcoming Cities believe that all people, including immigrants, are valuable contributors to society, vital to the success of our communities and to our shared future. 

Explore resources related to immigration on the City's #WeAreMpls page.

Director of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

We are in the process of hiring a director for this office with a strong background in policy relating to immigration or refugee programs, language access or citizenship. The application closed on March 16, 2018. View the full job description and qualifications.

Mexica dance performers at the 2018 Mayoral and City Council InaugurationHmong artist performs blessing at the 2018 Mayoral and City Council InaugurationCommunity Connections Conference Workshop on Defending Immigrants and Refugees
Mexica Dancers at 2018 Mayor & Council Inauguration Hmong Blessing from
Community Connections Conference 2018 Workshop
on Immigrants and Refugees

Small Version March Photo Woman and Child with Flag by City Hall


The Office will take a proactive, coordinated, enterprise-wide approach to accomplish the following:

Responsibilities of the Office include:

Community Engagement and Research 

The Office has already begun a community engagement process, interviewing stakeholders and convening community round tables to build awareness and inform the work of the office. The information we gather as we continue this process will be used to finalize our scope of work. In the meantime, the NCR department will lead on the ongoing immigration work for the City, including on topics relating to municipal ID and DACA. So far, NCR has engaged the community through:

Abdirashid Ahmed, NCR’s East African Specialist, hosting his monthly Somali-language radio show


East African Community Specialist Abdirashid hosting his Somali-language radio show.

What we heard from you:

Through the community engagement that NCR has carried out so far, we asked you what the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs should focus on. These themes have emerged in the conversation.

•   Policy   •   Communications•   Economic advancement
•   Strategy   •   Promotion of values•   Citizenship
•   Advocacy   •   Cultural work and healing•   Housing

If you have further questions or concerns, please contact David Rubedor, Director of Neighborhood and Community Relations and ADA Title II Coordinator at [email protected].

Last updated May 2, 2018



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