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.
As part of our year-long series on New Hampshire's Immigration Story, we've looked at what it's like for a refugee to arrive in New Hampshire, speaking a different language, and having to learn new customs.
For young refugees who enroll in New Hampshire schools, the challenges can be even greater - and the same goes for teachers working with them.
World War One was great for New Hampshire’s immigrant workforce, the mills were booming and jobs were plentiful. But as thousands of American returned home from war, there was a growing distrust of the immigrant in general and of Russians in particular.
unemployment is high In 1919, there was something like 3600 strikes in America. So we’re looking for a scapegoat.
By the early 1900's, the Amoskeag mill was earning its reputation as the textile capital of the world. There may have been other cities that produced more cloth, but none had a mill that compared to Manchester’s.
No other single textile factory in the world had 17,000 workers, and it had around 30 buildings at one time and it was turning out cloth 50 miles per hour.
Robert Perrault is a Manchester based historian and author of the book "Vivre la Difference: Franco-American Life and Culture in Manchester, New Hampshire”
As a farmer in Bhutan, Laxmi Narayan Mishre provided food and stability for his family.
But when ethnic tensions flared in the small Himalayan country, his land was seized.
With his wife and ten children, Mishre would spend the next two decades living in a cramped refugee camp in neighboring Nepal. Rumors swirled about a possible resettlement to America, and what life would be like here.
As first generation French Canadian mill workers turned to second and third generation, Franco Americans outnumbered all immigrant groups in New Hampshire. And their presence is felt today. Even though it was Robert Perreault’s grandfather that emigrated from French Canada, he still carry’s on many of his culture’s traditions. He speaks fluent French and so does his son. Now, they’re passing that tradition to his granddaughter.
Irish men and women started trickling over to New Hampshire in the 1820 and 30s, and by the 1840s, they become the Granite State’s first major population of immigrants. By 1850 there was over thirteen hundred Irish in Manchester alone and by 1860 that number triples. More than one quarter of the city’s residents are now foreign born and of that, the Irish made up seventy three percent of them. But as New Hampshire’s first major immigrant group settled, the first major anti-immigrant feelings started brewing in our state as well.
May 24, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Please join Laura Knoy and guest Max Latona for a special live audience event as a part of the series "NH's Immigration Story". They will be discussing the next question in the Socrates Exchange series:
This past Saturday, about 200 people came together for the Immigrant Integration in New Hampshire Conference. The intent of the gathering was to highlight the positive benefits immigrants have on New Hampshire’s business and communities. It was also to share ideas on what works well for integrating new comers to the state. As part of NHPR’s ongoing series New Hampshire’s Immigration Story, I spoke with Kelly Laflamme, the Program Director of the Endowment for Health, and an organizer of the event. She said the conference brought together a diverse set of people and agencies.
About 200 people attended New Hampshire's first Immigrant Integration Conference held at Saint Anselm College in Manchester on Saturday April 14. The conference's goal was to highlight the positive benefits immigrants have on New Hampshire’s business and communities. It was also to share ideas on what works well for integrating new comers to the state. Below are a selection of photos from the conference. The full set will appear on NHPR's flickr channel.
Photos: Mary-Catherine Jones, you can view her workhere.
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
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.
We talk with author and lawyer Richard Herman, who says immigrants are a resource for innovation and global competitiveness. He says they're behind some of our most successful companies like Google and eBay and we need to find ways, according to Herman, to encourage more entrepreneurship like this through changing laws and dousing the often inflammatory debate over immigration.
We continue our series on New Hampshire’s Immigration Story, with a look at the economics of immigration. We’re offering several perspectives throughout the week. Today we start with Mark Krikorian, who argues that immigration in America, while it helped grow and shape our nation at the turn of the last century, has a largely negative impact on the 21st century economy.