EMPOWERING INTERNATIONAL PEOPLES

WELCOMING OUR NEIGHBORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

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WHO WE ARE

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Our Purpose

City Oasis exists to raise awareness of, strengthen connections with, heighten appreciation for, and encourage understanding about the world's nationalities of people who contribute to the diversity of our city.

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Richmond, VA is home to people from over 120 nations who are putting down roots and seeking to thrive in their new environment. The foreign born population in the Richmond area has doubled in the past ten years. 


WHO ARE OUR NEIGHBORS

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IMMIGRANT

A person with a foreign passport who enters a country with the intent to live permanently in that country

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

A person with a foreign passport who enters a country with the singular objective of studying at a particular school

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REFUGEE

A person who has fled their homeland due to war, violence, or fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group

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ASYLUM SEEKER

A person who enters a foreign country and claims to be a refugee but whose claim has not yet been definitively evaluated


MAKING CONNECTIONS

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COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Community partners in Richmond offer resources to the international community geared toward educational, cultural, medical, legal, and other practical needs. These partners include individuals, families, organizations, businesses, non-profits, churches, public services, and other resource groups that collectively provide beneficial programs and services based on the needs of Richmond's foreign-born communities.

 

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)

Do you or someone you know need help learning English? Whether you are looking for official certificate level programs or informal conversation opportunities, we can connect you with established ESL and TEOFL classes.

Here's an updated list of ESL classes in RVA!


OUR STAFF

City Oasis staff members endeavor to connect our foreign-born neighbors with community resources and friends in our city. If you are uncertain how to solve a problem, we will try to link you to local resources to help you find a solution.

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City Oasis staff

  Throughout each year we are grateful for interns that come to Richmond to help us.

Throughout each year we are grateful for interns that come to Richmond to help us.


DISCOVERING DIVERSITY

Through our blog posts and videos, we seek to showcase the ethnic diversity in Richmond. Follow us on YouTube and Facebook.