NH's Immigration Story

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 Trust

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N.H.'s Immigration Story
12:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

The History Of Immigration In New Hampshire: Churches

Christ Church, Portsmouth, N.H., where the Russian peace service was held
Library of Congress

Images of some of New Hampshire's historic churches.

N.H.'s Immigration Story
12:00 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Who Are We And Where Did We Come From

NH News
8:00 am
Mon May 21, 2012

New Hampshire's Immigration Story - The Influence of the Irish

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 immigrantsBy 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.

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North Country
12:44 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

North County Reps Evenly Spilt On Vote Reviving Refugee Moratorium Bill

North Country representatives split along party lines in voting Tuesday on a bill that would allow towns and cities to have a one-year moratorium on having refugees settle in their jurisdictions.

Seven were in favor. Seven against. Two were excused from voting.

As NHPR has reported the bill previously passed the House but had trouble when it reached the Senate.

The Associated Press is reporting the bill was revived:

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Socrates Exchange Event
10:29 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Who is American?

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:

Who is American?

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NH News
5:00 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Dreaming again

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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NH News
10:38 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Occupy NH Stages May Day Protest in Dover

The Occupy Movement held May-Day rallies all over the across the country yesterday. In New Hampshire the protest was focused on immigration reform.

Around ninety protesters in Dover were entertained by music from the “Leftist Marching Band”, as they rallied to support immigrants in the Granite state

Immigration activist Eva Castillo MC’ed the Event.

"We have to press our congress-people and our senators to pass immigration reform," Castillo called from Dover's city hall steps,"Every day that goes on without immigration reform families get split apart."

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NH's Immigration Story
7:00 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Immigrant Integration in New Hampshire- The Conference

Panelists discuss regional efforts of immigrant integration in New Hampshire
Photo Credit: Mary-Catherine Jones

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.

Photos: Mary-Catherine Jones, you can view her work here.

NH's Immigration Story
4:07 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Sildeshow: Weaving Cultures, Building Communities

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 work here.

North Country
5:48 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Bakers Without Borders: A North Country Immigration Story

Chris Jensen for NHPR

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.

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NH News
3:14 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Senate Committee: No to Refugee Moratorium

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas testifying in favor of the Moratorium Bill last week.
Sam Evans-Brown

 

A senate committee has voted to send a bill that would allow communities to ask for a one year moratorium on refugee resettlement for further study.

The committee voted 3-1 to refer the bill to interim study, with Senator David Boutin from Hooksett dissenting. That vote is a polite way of asking the full senate to let the measure die quietly.

Committee Chair Senator Jack Barnes says he doesn’t think the state legislature has the authority to pass this bill.

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NH's Immigration Story
10:00 am
Fri April 13, 2012

How Refugees Fuel One New Hampshire Business

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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