The #YearofImmigration aims to transform dialogue into impact on urgent issues related to immigration, global migration and refugees, and to foster open conversation and greater connection with the University of Maryland’s large and diverse international community.







Working under Maryland’s mission to “do good” by transforming idealism into impact, the Year of Immigration will focus its efforts under three interconnected themes that aim to increase community awareness and inclusivity.

2018-19 First Year Book

The Refugees

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s collection of short stories about displacement and exile compels readers to ask: What does it mean to immigrate to the United States? What does it mean to be a refugee? The stories in The Refugees portray the sorrow of displacement and exile while exemplifying themes of homeland, belonging and empathy.

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“In a country where possessions counted for everything, we had no belongings except our stories.”

– Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Refugees

Film Screening & Discussion: “Afghanistan by Choice”


Wednesday, Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m.

Global Crossroads Atrium, H.J. Patterson Hall


A screening and in-person talk with Baktash Ahadi, who served as a translator for the documentary "Afghanistan by Choice," which interweaves the lives of five Afghans as they make the choice to stay, leave on a special visa, or plan to leave Afghanistan illegally. This film serves as a portrait of how it feels to grapple with this decision day-to-day. Open to the public, refreshments served.

Discover Maryland Dinner


Wednesday, Feb. 20, 5-8:30 p.m.

251 North Dining Hall


A celebration of international culture, featuring foods from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The event will also feature performances by student groups, opportunities to share your family immigration story, a photo booth, and a special meal discount for current graduate students.

Faculty Forum: Immigration


Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, 12-1:30 p.m.

Special Events Room, 6137 McKeldin Library


The Office of Faculty Affairs hosts a forum on the current state of immigration controversies, immigration in historical perspective, how different policies affect the university, and what issues may arise in the future. Open to faculty, staff and students. Lunch will be provided.


“I urge you to celebrate the extraordinary courage and contributions of refugees past and present.”

– Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations

Migration is one of the biggest challenges facing the U.S. and the world at large.

In 2017, a record 68.5 million people were forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution and poverty.

It is estimated that climate change may force 140 million more to migrate from their homes by the year 2050.

An average of one person is displaced every two seconds.


It is our civic duty to encourage open dialogue, embrace our international diversity, and build bridges to global citizenship.


To integrate your event into the Year of Immigration’s planning and publicity efforts, please reach out to the Office of International Affairs at with “Year of Immigration” in the subject line.

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