New Survey Gathers Feedback From Immigrants and Refugees in Lincoln

June 22, 2020, 1:12 p.m. ·

The survey gathered data from over 500 local immigrants and refugees last spring (Photo courtesy of the New Americans Task Force).

A new survey shows that immigrants and refugees in Lincoln have faith in public institutions and want to be involved in their communities, but don’t know where to start.

The New Americans Task Force surveyed more than 500 people last year.

Lee Kreimer, Program Manager of the Asian Cultural and Community Center, said the survey aimed to gauge the challenges and successes of immigrants and refugees in the area.

Kreimer said the data on civic engagement, health, employment, and more can help local leaders develop targeted solutions that will benefit the community.

"We really believe that the greatest way to inform both policies and also programs offered to newcomers is to have newcomers tell us what they think about these things," Kreimer said. "And so, one way to really do that of course is with data like this."

She said a lot of the challenges come from a language barrier, but many of the survey participants say they’re taking classes to learn English.

Kreimer said many organizations are working to break down barriers and help immigrants and refugees take the next steps in career development, community involvement, and more.