In the past ten years, Southern Maine has seen an influx of asylum-seekers and refugees from around the world. A proud sanctuary, Portland has welcomed them, offering even undocumented immigrants assistance as they wait to enter the system. For this project, we are partnering with several local organizations that support immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers as they settle in the Portland area including The Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center, Welcoming the Stranger and Portland Adult Education.
The term "Mainer" is worn by those who are native to, or currently inhabit, the state of Maine. Immigrants, refugees and asylum-seekers who settle in this state have taken on the moniker New Mainer as a sign of their new home.