Our Mission & History

The mission of the Refugee & Immigrant Center is to improve the quality of life for refugees and immigrants in Utah.

History

In 1977, a group of Asian refugees and immigrants living in Utah saw a need for additional supports and services beyond the scope of existing resettlement agencies. At that time, Utah was a key resettlement state for refugees coming from Southeast Asia, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and other Asian countries. In response to this need, the Asian Association of Utah was founded in a small classroom.

1977

Governor Jim Mattheson approaches Jimi Mitsunaga to rally the community to support refugees coming from Vietnam, Japan, China, Cambodia and Korea

September 2, 1977

Asian Association of Utah is formed and becomes an official 501c3, private, nonprofit organization

2000

Asian Association of Utah becomes the Utah Refugee Employment and Community Center – Asian Association of Utah

2012

Utah Refugee Employment and Community Center – Asian Association of Utah becomes the Refugee and Immigrant Center – Asian Association of Utah to encompass the many services we provide and more accurately represent the clients we serve

2017

RIC-AAU celebrates 40 years of improving the quality of life for refugees and immigrants in Utah

Who We Serve

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Top Client Languages:
  • Arabic
  • Somali
  • Nepali
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Burmese
Most Common Countries:
  • Somalia – 20%
  • Iraq – 17%
  • Myanmar – 12%
  • Uganda – 10%
  • Sudan – 7%

Democratic Rep. of Congo

Sierra Leone

Nigeria

Libya

Chad

Central African Rep.

Tanzania

Uganda

Sudan

Kenya

Ethiopia

Somalia

Jordan

Yemen

Syria

Iraq

Armenia

Iran

Afghanistan

Pakistan

India

Nepal

Bhutan

Myanmar

Laos

Vietnam

Thailand

China

North Korea

Philipines

Indonesia

American Samoa

Croatia

Bosnia

Albania

Mexico

Guatemala

Honduras

Cuba

Haiti

Colombia

Peru

Venezuela

Russia

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