Gov. Hochul Announces New Institute To Help Immigrants In New York State
With an increase in immigrants in New York due to the Governor's of Texas and Florida sending them to our state, Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a new institute to help them integrate.
On Friday, September 30, 2022, Gov. Hochul announced the launch of New York State's Institute for Immigration Integration Research & Policy. The new institute will help immigrants transition to the community, including providing help with education and the workforce. It will be located at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, the State University of New York's public policy think tank. Gov. Hochul said,
New York is built on the hard work and determination of generations of immigrants, and this Institute will work to improve the lives of those who are trying to build better lives for themselves and their families. By clearing the boundaries for new New Yorkers, we can help to better integrate them into the New York community and access the New York Dream.
People who immigrate to New York face many challenges, including learning the language, finding safe housing, getting jobs with livable wages, finding transportation, and access to services. The leadership at the institute will analyze real-time immigration data to work with policymakers to help support immigrants.
The formation of the institute comes as the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, and the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, have put immigrants on buses and planes to bring them to New York, among other states and cities.
In 2021, 900 refugees and Special Immigrant Visa holders immigrated to the state, according to the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. They were mainly from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria, Afghanistan, and Burma. Over the past year, at least 1,300 Afghan evacuees resettled in New York.