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Immigrants and Refugees

Who are Immigrants and Refugees?


Immigrants are individuals who immigrate; or take up residence in a new country. Refugees are people who flee their home country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion, but could also be considered immigrant.

Interactive Modules to support Immigrants and Refugees


This series of four e-courses titled:Creating Safe and Healthy Environments for Immigrant and Refugee Youth, will help with planning and implementing practices that create welcoming environments, learning engagement and success for immigrant and refugee students in Wisconsin schools. All four interactive modules are designed to support educators, educational staff and leaders at all levels. Use these modules individually, or within professional learning communities to enhance understanding of the unique challenges faced by these students. Within each module you will find links to supplementary resources and templates to support learning.

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Grants Supporting Refugees


The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) receives funds from the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement to ensure that services are available to refugees in Wisconsin. DCF issues those funds to local services providers through discretionary grants, including the Refugee School Impact Grant and Refugee Youth Mentoring Grant.  The purpose of the Refugee School Impact Grant is to assist refugee children to improve their academic performance and social adjustment to school. The purpose of the Refugee Youth Mentoring Grant is to assist refugee youths to achieve their personal goals related to their education, career, or social engagement through the help of a mentor.

Refugee School Impact Grant and Refugee Youth Mentoring Grant

To learn more about these grants, or about other available resources regarding refugees in Wisconsin, contact the Department of Children and Families Refugee Programs Section at:, or (414) 270-4744.

Additional Resources Supporting Refugees:

For questions about this information, contact Amy Maciolek (608) 266-1570