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Our 9 month series, New Hampshire's Immigration Story explored just that... the vast history of who came to New Hampshire, when they came, why they came, the challenges they faced once they landed on Granite State soil and the contributions that they brought to our state. The Exchange, Word of Mouth, and our News Department looked at the issue of immigration from its first arrivals to the newest refugees calling New Hampshire home.We saw how immigration affects our economy, health care, education system, culture and our current system of law. We also looked at what's going on in New Hampshire today, as we uncovered the groups, societies and little known people who are making an impact all over the state.Funding for NH's Immigration Story is brought to you in part by: New Hampshire Humanities Council, Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation, The Gertrude Couch Trust0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff89e10000

New Hampshire's Immigration Story: Coming to New Hampshire (Rebroadcast)

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When immigrants and refugees come to a new country like America, they are often cut off from their homeland, their loved ones and their culture. Often they are required, even at very young ages, to navigate a tangled web of bureaucracies and to adapt rapidly to new settings. Many newcomers find resources that help them make the transition to their new lives in New Hampshire yet others may find those resources lacking. We listen to firsthand accounts of the struggles involved in coming to the Granite State.

Guests:

Eva Castillo: Coordinator for the New Hampshire Alliance of Immigrants and Refugees, part of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition.  Eva first came to America from her home country of Venezuela in 1976 and first moved to New Hampshire in 1983.

Augustin Ntabaganyimana: Director of Resettlement services for Lutheran Social Services of New Hampshire.  Augustin came to New Hampshire as a refugee from Rwanda in 2000.

Narapati Poudyal:  Case Manager for the Bhutanese community at The Somali Development Center of New Hampshire in Manchester. Narapati came to New Hampshire as a refugee in 2009.

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