Immigrants in Maine

Alban Bowens works on the ceiling at a job site on Forest Avenue in Portland.
Caroline Losneck / Maine Public


The Portland-based construction and renovation company Bondeko actively trains and hires immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

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For the past several weeks, “new” Mainers have been breaking bread with longtime residents of Lewiston and Auburn, swapping stories about their families and breaking down stereotypes about immigrants and refugees.

It’s part of a national initiative to address the uptick in hate crimes. One focus of the sessions is to teach bystanders how to safely intervene in a bias incident before it escalates.

Caroline Losneck

PORTLAND, ME– About 100 people gathered at Portland's Deering Oaks Park Saturday afternoon to voice their support of immigrant communities, and protest recent developments that bode ill for migrants seeking a new life in the United States.

Nick Woodward / MPBN

In this turbulent political year, we’ve been exploring the stories of immigrants and their families in Maine. Today, we take you to Lewiston, where a community of African migrants is writing a new chapter in the story of Maine by breathing new life into old farmland.

Jennifer Mitchell / MPBN

One of the volatile political topics of 2016, not just in America but in Europe as well, is that of immigration and resettlement. Here at home, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has put Mexico at the center of his rhetoric, proposing a Berlin-style wall along the southern U.S. border.

Jennifer Mitchell / MPBN

September means one thing for most kids in Maine: an end to summer holidays and the start of classes. But for some, the school year isn’t that straightforward, because their parents chase the seasons from Texas to Maine, harvesting vegetables, picking apples and raking blueberries.

Bobbie Gottschalk / Seeds of Peace

In the wake of this weekend’s murder of two imams in New York City, Muslims across the country are feeling the rise in tension.

Abukar Adan / MPBN

As Muslim Mainers respond to Donald Trump’s comments about their communities, let’s take a closer look.

Rifat Zaidi

As the nation’s attention shifts to the city of Cleveland and the Republican National Convention, the party’s presumptive nominee is adding some new detail to his call for a ban on Muslims entering the country.

In an interview on the CBS news program “60 Minutes,” Donald Trump says he would order what he calls “extreme vetting” of Muslims from territories with a history of terrorist activity.

This is the first in a series of profiles of Muslims who have made Maine their home.