NH Immigration

The New Hampshire Humanities Council’s Connections program is an adult literacy program that aims to develop communities of readers. Hari Sharma, who is originally from Bhutan, joined Connections via his ESOL class. 

 

The books he read with his connections were selected around to focus on important cultural lessons. One unit was based on American suffrage icons including, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

The New Hampshire Humanities Council’s Connections program is an adult literacy program that aims to develop communities of readers. Hari Sharma, who is originally from Bhutan, joined Connections via his ESOL class. 

 

The books he read with his connections were selected around to focus on important cultural lessons. One unit was based on American suffrage icons including, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A new documentary by New Hampshire filmmaker Doria Bramante follows exiles from the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan as they abandon their twenty-year effort to return home from Nepalese refugee camps and decide to seek a new life in America. Many of these refugees have resettled in the New Hampshire cities of Concord, Manchester, and Laconia. Today we take a look at their incredible journey…along with the challenges and successes of starting over in the Granite State.

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(This program was originally broadcast on May 24, 2012.)

Our series on New Hampshire’s Immigration Story continues with a special Socrates Exchange, examining the question: Who is American?  Is it simply a matter of birthright, and legal status?  Or is it a state of mind, a certain spirit or attitude?  And is being American defined by the way I view myself or how others look at me?  

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Max Latona: Associate Professor of Philosophy, Saint Anselm College

The Darjees and One Year of Granite State Living

May 29, 2012

Originally broadcast on Friday, May 25.

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Documentary: New Hampshire's Immigration Story

May 26, 2012

NHPR presents a one-hour special that takes a look at immigration in New Hampshire.  This program is the culmination of NHPR’s year-long editorial initiative that has explored immigration in New Hampshire from a variety of different perspectives, from legal and legislative issues to real-world experience from a refugee family adjusting to their new life in the U.S.  This program will give us a glimpse into New Hampshire’s immigrant history with stories of our past that will provide context and depth for the issues and stories that are changing the face of New Hampshire today. 

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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.

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Our series on New Hampshire’s Immigration Story continues with a special Socrates Exchange, examining the question: Who is American?  Is it simply a matter of birthright, and legal status?  Or is it a state of mind, a certain spirit or attitude?  And is being American defined by the way I view myself or how others look at me?  

We invite your thoughts: please call during our live broadcast at 1-800-892-6477. The conversation will continue after the program at our Socrates Exchange page.

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Images of some of New Hampshire's historic churches.

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Dreaming again

May 4, 2012

As part of our yearlong series, New Hampshire’s Immigration Story, NHPR’s Keith Shields attended a performance of “Dreaming Again’ and brings you this report.

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Amid the immigrants who have come to New Hampshire are two French citizens – a doctor and a nurse - who saw America as a place for a radically new life focused not on patients but on making baguettes and Madeleines in the North Country.

How Refugees Fuel One New Hampshire Business

Apr 13, 2012

D. S. Cole Growers in Loudon, New Hampshire bills itself as a ‘wholesale greenhouse facility’. That means, they grow a lot of the potted plants that are then shipped to garden centers and landscapers across New England.  Looking across the facility you see greenhouses filled up with row upon rows of annuals, while flower baskets hang in long lines above your head

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As part of our yearlong look at immigration in New Hampshire, we’re zeroing in on the economics of immigration in the Granite State. The impacts of filling the employment needs of the state economy with immigrants, is now-- and has long been-- a topic for dispute. New Hampshire has a rich history of immigration and the immigrants of the nineteenth century faced many challenges. Now in the twenty-first century, New Hampshire’s economy is very different from the days of industrialization but the debate over immigrants and refugees hasn’t gone away. 

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How the Darjees Pay the Bills

Mar 13, 2012

It’s a Friday night at the Darjee home. After a long work week, Ram, his wife Saraswarti, their daughter Angel and Ram’s mother are preparing for a fun evening with relatives.

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Sitting with the Darjees, it’s hard to imagine that just 9 months ago they were living in squalor in a refugee camp in Nepal.  Their apartment now has comfortable furnishings, colorful decorations lining the walls, a computer and lots of cooking equipment to prepare a nice meal.

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We continue our series on New Hampshire immigration by looking at the proposed refugee moratorium in Manchester. The moratorium would temporarily stop the city of Manchester from accepting new refugees. Meanwhile a recent bill in the statehouse would allow communities throughout the state to establish moratoria. The supporters claim that a moratorium will allow the state to better serve the current refugees, but the bill leaves some wondering if closing the doors to refugees is the best answer.

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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.

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In recent years, children are arriving from new countries, bringing diversity but also new challenges.  Many don’t speak English and some aren’t literate in their own language.  We talk with people in the education system and folks dealing with foreign born newcomers on a daily basis and ask how they are working to overcome these issues.

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June Tumlin: Department Head of the English Learner program at Manchester Central High School

Thomas Sica: Principal of Rundlett Middle School in Concord

Healthcare delivery is complicated enough without language barriers, financial difficulties and cultural misunderstandings. Being a newcomer in a strange country presents many new challenges but healthcare is one of the most difficult to overcome. We take a look at the myriad obstacles the foreign born population face, and what some local healthcare providers are doing to help overcome them.

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We’re looking at the history of immigration as a part of NHPR’s year long series on New Hampshire’s Immigration Story. In the early days it was French Canadians and Irish who arrived, at the turn of the last century Greeks and Eastern Europeans and today, new arrivals from Brazil, to Burundi to Bhutan. We’re looking at who came, why they came and the little known stories around our immigration history.

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

This year’s Republican Presidential candidates have been clear about where they stand on many issues, but when it comes to immigration, its a little more murky.  Several candidates are trying to “thread the needle” on this one: sounding tough, to please the base, but not so tough, that they “turn off” voters in the general election, especially Latino voters.  Today on we bring you a special Thursday version of our Issue Tuesdays series as we look at the Republican Presidential candidates and compare their platforms on the immigration. 

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Arriving in America: A Bhutanese Story

Dec 1, 2011

The Bhutanese are by far the largest group of refugees in New Hampshire. Since 2008 the US has resettled almost 800 men, women and children in Concord, Manchester, and Laconia

Before then, many Bhutanese lived for nearly two decades in camps in Nepal. 

As part of our series on immigration, we will follow one Bhutanese family as they spend their first year in the Granite State.

Keith Shields has our first installment.

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Our series on New Hampshire Immigration continues with our state’s first residents.  Before textile mills, melting pots and refugees there were Native Americans who inhabited the state for centuries, and our first immigrants, English fisherman and entrepreneurs  looking to escape Puritan rules and start a new life. We’ll look at who these first Granite Staters were and how they shaped our immigration story.  

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Immigration and Thanksgiving

Nov 23, 2011

Exchange Executive Producer Keith Shields explores how the holiday of Thanksgiving has been linked over time in US history with the issue of Immigration

It’s a popular topic in classrooms all over New Hampshire around this time...

But some lessons go beyond just pilgrims and Plymouth Rock and breaking bread with the Natives, in some classes the issue of immigration comes up. 

Teaching English and More to Our Newest Immigrants

Nov 18, 2011

Language its one of the largest barriers of assimilation for the newest immigrants and refugees coming to New Hampshire. It can make them feel isolated and keep them from getting jobs and a drivers license.  Groups in the state are helping to break those barriers by volunteering to teach English.  Exchange Executive Producer, Keith Shields visited one such place, the Holy Cross Family Learning Center in Manchester

 

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, is the investigative arm of the US Department of Homeland Security. The purpose of ICE is to enforce federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration. As part of that mission, the agency conducts crackdowns on businesses who hire illegal workers. In the past two years, the agency has made a shift in its actions, directing more resources on identifying and fining employers rather than large scale raids on employees.

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