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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: What We've Learned

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We conclude our series on New Hampshire’s Immigration Story.  Over the past year, we’ve examined our immigrant past -- from that first encounter between Native Americans and Europeans to how newcomers shape our communities today… their contributions, their struggles, and the conflicts that come up.  We’ll look at what we’ve learned…and how our immigration story is still being written.

Guests:

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

Keith Shields, Executive Producer of The Exchange and coordinator of the series on New Hampshire’s Immigration Story.

David Watters:Professor of English at UNH, where he is the director of the center for New England culture.