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Tarlan Ahmadov, State Refugee Coordinator for our Office of Maine Refugee Services, was a recent guest on WMPG's New Mainers Speak. Ahmadov was raised in Baku, Azerbaijan in the former USSR.  More than a decade ago he came to Portland, ME with his wife and two school-aged children. In this interview he shares his memories and knowledge of Azerbaijan as well as describing two of the programs he oversees for RIS, the American Friends Program and a Professional Mentoring Program. Please visit the link below to hear his interview:

Articles of Interest

Syrian Refugee Crisis

New Mainers Speak
An interview with Michel Kanyambo from RIS on the WMPG radio program.

Funding and Benefits for Refugees
Most refugees arrive with very little in terms of possessions, beside a few bags of luggage, and if they are lucky, all of their family members. Want to know how much money a refugee is given on arrival? Want to know how long they can access benefits? Read this report and get the financial facts.

The Top 10 Myths About Somalis in Lewiston
A set of myths about Somalis has been circulating in Lewiston over the past decade. Read this report to learn the facts behind these myths and get answers to common questions.
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