One in six Massachusetts residents, and one in five workers, is foreign-born. Immigrants and refugees come to this country with a wide range of skills and ambitions, and as they make America their home, they enrich our economy and strengthen our democracy.

Proud new citizen
A newly sworn-in U.S. citizen outside Faneuil Hall.

Our vision is a Commonwealth – and a nation – where all can thrive, no matter where they came from or how they got here, and all can fully participate in their communities’ social, economic and civic life.

We work to protect and support the most vulnerable, especially those at risk of deportation, but also strive to expand opportunities for all foreign-born people and their children, so they can make the most of their talent and labor. We encourage green card holders to become U.S. citizens, and naturalized Americans to vote and become civically engaged.

We view successful integration as a two-way process: Immigrants and refugees do their best to learn English, adapt to the local culture, and build a new life in the U.S., and receiving communities actively welcome them and help ease their transition. Thus, a core part of our mission is to identify and remove barriers to integration, working with local and state leaders as well as nonprofits and businesses to craft more inclusive policies that benefit the entire community.