New Beginnings: The Immigrant and Refugee Experience in Portland (October 2018)


New Beginnings: The Immigrant and Refugee Experience in Portland (October 2018)

from 45.00

Building Understanding, Lending Support

This course will cover the basics of the refugee resettlement process, the needs of the immigrant and refugee population in the Portland area, and what each of us can do to make Portland a more welcoming, inclusive city.

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Date: Wednesday, October 24th
Time: 6-9 pm
Location: Fully Showroom | 1010 SE Water Ave

Tier A Pricing: $90 ($30/hr or above wage earners)
Tier B Pricing: $70 ($16-29/hr wage earners)
Tier C Pricing: $45 ($15/hr or below wage earners)
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Immigration has a long history in the United States, with various groups either being welcomed or denied entry into the country. Federal policies and the public’s attitude towards immigrants and refugees change over time, and the subject is back in the spotlight yet again.

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about immigration and the refugee resettlement process. The system is complicated, and policies can change daily. This course will break down the legal definitions of immigrants, refugees, and asylees before looking specifically at the immigrant and refugee population here in the Portland area. We will also delve deeper into community-specific needs and ways in which each course participant can help our immigrant and refugee population in Portland feel at home.


Sahar Muranovic is the Volunteer and Training Coordinator at the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO). She has a Master’s degree in International Human Rights and Homeland Security. An immigrant herself, Sahar is passionate about fostering understanding between immigrant and refugee populations and the local communities they will call home.