Refugee Resettlement

Refugee Settlement Immigration at Airport imageOver 27 million refugees left their countries because of conflict, violence persecution and human rights violation. Many of these refugees left everything they had in their country in search for a new place to call home where their families are safe without fear of violence, persecutions. around the world to Maine.

Reception & Placement

MEIRS officially become a resettlement agency under Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) in October 2022. MEIRS staff begin their process of welcoming new refugees before they come to the country by making sure housing is ready and furnished for them. Our dedicated staff also met our new refugee arrivals at the airport and transport them to their new homes and provide hot cultural foods when they arrive.

MEIRS believes in partnerships with schools, social service agencies, employers and local government to better serve the new refugees who are coming into Maine. MEIRS goal is provide services and programs to new refugees so that they become economically and financially independent.

As part of resettling refugees, MEIRS provides:

  • Reception services
  • Housing for individuals and families in decent, safe and sanitary housing
  • Culturally appropriate, ready-to-eat meals upon arrival
  • Adequate food supplies
  • Seasonally appropriate clothing
  • Home visits by our training staff
  • Assistance with enrolling children and adults in school
  • Transportation
  • Cultural orientation
  • Help with securing employment for those who are able to work
  • Connections with healthcare services
  • Assistance with enrolling in social services designed to assist individuals and families as they become self-sufficient and providing limited financial assistance
  • Help with immigration services, including asylum and SIV applications


MEIRS was one of the agencies that helped resettle Afghans when the State Department launched the Afghan Placement Program (APA) on September 2021. MEIRS resettled 104 Afghans into Maine from November 2021 to September 2022. The APA program officially ended in September 30th 2022, but MEIRS continue to work and support Afghan families who are struggling in our wrap-around services and other programs we offer in our agency.

In partnership with ECDC and Office of the State Refugee Coordinator, MEIRS is also helping welcome Ukrainians to Maine through the Uniting for Ukraine program. MEIRS provides basic services to Ukrainians who have come to the United States to escape war in their home country.

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Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services
PO Box 7149
Lewiston, ME 04240

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Call:       207-782-0260
Fax:        207-782-0261

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Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services
256 Bartlett Street
Lewiston, ME 04240

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Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services
217 Main Street
Lewiston, ME 04240