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provides free, year-round English classes to help immigrant and refugee adults in Greater Boston become successful workers, parents and community members.

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informs Americans about the economic and social contributions of immigrants in our society.

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a joint venture with George Mason University, conducts research on the economic contributions of immigrants.

Most of The ILC’s classes have returned to being in-person as of September 2021. The ILC is working to protect the community from COVID-19, including requiring vaccinations and masks.

For more information please call (781) 322-9777 during office hours, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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Listen to The ILC’s Podcast on Immigrant Entrepreneurs!

The Immigrant Learning Center has partnered with Pioneer Institute to create JobMakers, a podcast highlighting risk-taking immigrants who create new products, services and jobs in New England and across the United States.

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September 13, 3:00-4:00 PM

Immigrant Storytelling in the American Narrative

The ILC held the webinar Immigrant Storytelling in the American Narrative on Wednesday, September 22, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM EST. This webinar explored how we can reshape the U.S.’ immigration narrative by looking at NPR’s Maria Hinojosa’s latest book, Once I Was You: A Memoir. Resources and recordings are available.

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Research Initiative: Immigrant Essential Workers of the Pandemic

The ILC Public Education Institute is conducting a research project on immigrant essential workers in the health care and food industries during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can subscribe to receive updates on this vital topic.

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September 30, 2021

Newsletter: You changed Quang’s future

Quang and Van pursued citizenship at The ILC because when you become a citizen, “You can work, you can vote, you do anything you want. You become an American.”

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Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame: Hamdi Ulukaya

Meet Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya, the latest member of our Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. His sense of social responsibility has set him apart as a CEO, with 10 percent of Chobani profits and $2 million of his own money going to philanthropic causes.

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How Immigration Has Enriched American Holidays and Traditions

Immigrants have brought many diverse traditions from around the world that have shaped American holidays. Read The ILC’s blog post to discover how immigration has impacted Easter, Halloween, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve.

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Spring 2021

Impact Update newsletter

Read about The ILC teachers supporting students through the pandemic, our first Immigrant Heroes Award Benefit, our new executive director, our podcast highlighting immigrant entrepreneurs and more.


Nine Famous Asian and Pacific Islander Immigrants

Immigrants from Asia and Pacific Islands have made extraordinary contributions to the United States. Meet nine of them, including an Olympic athlete, an HIV/AIDS activist, a U.S. senator, a world-famous cellist and an astronaut!

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Best 50 Books About Immigrants and Immigration for All Ages

Looking for a good book about the immigrant experience? We’ve got 50 great options that are by and about immigrants, including picture books, elementary and middle grade books, young adult books and books for adults.

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Exploring Chinese American History

The ILC is alarmed by the wave of hate and violence against AAPI communities in the United States. As a resource to counter the misinformation and bigotry behind this, we are sharing a chapter from our book, Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts, for free.

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Welcome to the New World Curriculum and Learning Guide

The ILC has created a free curriculum and learning guide based on Welcome to the New World, by Jake Halpern, a nonfiction graphic novel following the Aldabaans, a family of Syrian refugees. The curriculum is suitable for English or social studies classes in grades seven to 11.



What makes us unique?

There is no place on Earth quite like The Immigrant Learning Center. Our well-resourced, award-winning direct services to immigrants and refugees combined with research and education for the American public on immigration issues gives us a truly unique perspective. The ILC is:

Public and Private

We receive 75 percent of our funds from the private sector and only 25 percent from government agencies. This unusually high percentage of private funding gives us the flexibility to innovate and respond rapidly to changing needs.


We offer English classes five days a week. That’s up to 15 hours a week of instruction, very rare for a free program. This intensive schedule accelerates learning and shortens the time it takes our students to reach their goals.


To date, we have helped more than 10,500 immigrant and refugee adults living in 94 communities across Massachusetts. By helping them learn English, we help them pursue their dreams. The impact is felt throughout the region by their families, employers, customers, neighbors and more.


Americans from coast to coast learn about the positive impact of immigrants through The ILC Public Education Institute’s webinars, conference presentations and our Immigration Research Library, and through the data and research generated by our partnership with the Institute for Immigration Research.


The ILC’s Literacy Program gives hope to students who struggle in traditional English classes. Students who have low or no literacy in their native language, or who have related learning challenges, receive individualized attention from teachers and trained volunteers. The Literacy Program serves as a model, and we are frequently asked to share our expertise with other programs throughout the region.


Collaboration is the key to doing more with less. The Public Education Institute’s webinars are presented by experts in a variety of fields from across the country. The English Language Program partners with job placement, training and educational institutions to help our students reach their goals. Both programs offer their expertise to help others give immigrants a voice.


From the Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame to the annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards, The ILC Public Education Institute has amassed compelling evidence of immigrants’ contributions as entrepreneurs, and it’s curated for easy access on our Immigrant Entrepreneurship page.


Our book, Immigrant Struggles, Immigrant Gifts, brings insight to today’s immigration issues by examining the history of 11 different ethnic groups. Now in its second printing, the book is available for sale on Amazon. Don’t forget to start at smile.amazon.com.

Impact Stories

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Saddiqa left Afghanistan after her husband was killed by the Taliban. After living for a while with her brother in Pakistan, she and her children came to the United States…


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On January 12, 2010, Abdony returned to Port au Prince, Haiti, after visiting his wife and daughter in Boston. At 4:53 p.m. that day, a huge earthquake struck Haiti…


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When Maria’s children became adults living on their own, she decided to start a new life in the U.S…


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