A large number of immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants have arrived in Maine in recent years. Wednesday, the Portland Public Schools' Multilingual and Multicultural Center hosted a conference to talk about how to help all those people integrate into life here, including socially, culturally and politically.
The keynote speaker Wednesday morning was Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a Princeton University professor and Columbia University Fellow who came to the United States from the Dominican Republic with his family in 1989. He talked about his own experience and gave advice about what Mainers can do to help.
Maine teachers were significantly “under-prepared” for the number of asylum seekers walking into class ready to learn this fall, according to a conference at the University of Southern Maine.
Portland Public Schools invited everyone from business owners to teachers to attend the "Beyond Borders" conference hosted at USM on migration and integration.