Immigrant Integration

Grand Forks Immigrant Integration (GFII)

The City of Grand Forks is taking a leadership role when it comes to immigrants integrating into our community. That is why the city has established the Grand Forks Immigrant Integration Initiative. The goal of Grand Forks Immigrant Integration (GFII) is to promote naturalization and civic engagement among immigrant populations in our communities. To assess and align community resources to best serve both the New American population and general community. To assist New Americans with becoming engaged citizens by being prepared to capitalize on opportunities for productive employment, meaningful education, strong family support and positive community and social interactions.

One of the missions of Grand Forks Immigrant Integration is to start a dialogue to answer questions from the New American population and the general community. These "Let's Talk" community events are designed to let people express their concerns and hopefully answer questions about our changing community.

For more information on "Let's Talk" events CLICK HERE


The GFII Speakers Bureau Program will provide access to speakers knowledgeable about refugees and immigration. The GFII seeks to enhance community awareness and understanding of refugees and immigrants. The Speakers Bureau will foster and open community conversation on "Refugees, Immigrants and Grand Forks" and encourage the community to be welcoming to all people and embrace a common idea of a "Welcoming Grand Forks."
To Schedule Your Presentation Contact:
Lois Folkers
Grand Forks Mayor's Office
email: lfolkers@grandforksgov.com

For more information about the "Speakers Bureau" CLICK HERE.

  • Citizen's Academy
  • Established a GFII Steering Committee (BELOW)
  • Proud Partner of National League of Cities MAII (CLICK HERE for new release)
  • Designate two Community Resource Officers from GFPD as direct liasons with immigrant populations
  • Implementing a Citizenship and Naturalization Campaign
  • Agency Communication and Coordination
  • Providing Immigrant Training Opportunites

Chair - Hal Gershman
City Elected Official
County Elected Official
Police Department
GF Public Schools
United Way
Global Friends Coalition (Link)
New American Services (LSS) (Link)
Public Health
County Social Services
Economic Development Corporation
Altru Health System
GF Housing Authority
Banking Institutions
East Grand Forks
Job Service
GF Air Force Base
Immigrant Citizens



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City of Grand Forks
255 N 4th Street * Grand Forks, ND 58203 * Phone (701) 746-INFO