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provides free, year-round English classes to immigrant and refugee adults in Greater Boston to help them 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.

To protect the health and safety of our students, their families, co-workers and the community as a whole, The Immigrant Learning Center has temporarily moved classes online during the Massachusetts state of emergency.

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

Immigrant Heroes AwardApril 6, 2021, 5:30-6:30 PM EDT

The ILC Immigrant Heroes Award Benefit

The Immigrant Learning Center will honor the immigrant heroes who are getting us through this pandemic at The ILC Immigrant Heroes Award Benefit. Join us online. Registration is free.


Resources for Immigrants, Parents and Educators during COVID-19 Crisis

The Immigrant Learning Center has created a collection of resources for the COVID-19 pandemic. Please bookmark and share widely, as we will continue to add resources to support all members of our communities in this crisis.

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March 16, 2021

Webinar: Immigration and 1920s KKK: Teaching with Primary Source Documents

Join us for our free, virtual webinar with Re-Imagining Migration and the Indiana Historical Bureau on March 16, 1:00 PM EDT. We will explore the educational resource “100% American: Ku Klux Klan and Immigration in the 1920s,” and discuss how hate groups have influenced immigration policy and rhetoric historically through the present day.


From our Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame: Arianna Huffington

The ILC has added CEO and media icon Arianna Huffington to the Immigrant Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Her news blog, the Huffington Post, has shaped the modern digital media landscape.

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February 17, 2020

From our blog: Black History Month: Seven Famous Black Immigrants

In honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting some Black immigrants who influenced, and are still influencing, the national conversation in this country. Meet a civil rights activist, a model, an athlete and more.

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February 17, 2020

Newsletter: This new American considers you family

Passing the civics exam is a major challenge for many new Americans. Jaime didn’t just pass his interview and exam, he was sworn in as a citizen the same afternoon! After taking our Citizenship Class, he feels like he is part of The ILC family.

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December 14, 2020

From Our Blog: What to Watch: 32 Films, TV Series and Documentaries Featuring Immigrants

Having trouble figuring out to watch? This curated list of films, TV series and documentaries highlighting immigrants and immigration stories could give you some ideas.


November 30, 2020

Newsletter: In a crisis, this new American stepped up

When new Americans become citizens, they are asked if they will perform work of “national importance.” For Luz this was more than a theoretical promise. As a cleaner in a hospital, she has put herself at risk to help others stay safe, and she was proud to have the opportunity to fulfill her responsibility.

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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.

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Fall 2020

Impact Update newsletter

Read about The ILC teachers supporting students from a distance, our new curriculum, our students’ stories and more.



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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