International Institute served 1,400 new arrivals last year, officials expect “significant” increase in 2024

ST. LOUIS — While the International Institute of St. Louis (IISTL) has welcomed hundreds of Afghan and Ukrainian refugees, the organization has also seen a “significant” increase of new arrivals from “all over the map.”

What You Need To Know

  • So far this year in St. Louis, IISTL saw 121 new arrivals in January, 136 in February and 123 in March with more to come this month

  • In 2023, the IISTL served 1,400 new arrivals in St. Louis, compared to 1,010 in 2022. The organization is gearing up to serve “a lot more” in 2024

  • There has been an increase of arrivals coming from African countries such as Zambia, Nigeria, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Côte d'Ivoire, Central African Republic, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo and more

  • The St. Louis region has seen a growth in international students attending local universities, according to Cohen. Roughly 10,000 international students come to St. Louis for school annually

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