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Flushing’s St. George’s Church is set to host an Immigration Resource Fair Saturday, which organizers said will integrate immigrants into the local economy by connecting them to organizations that provide language and job services.

Nonprofits Immigrant Advancement Matters and One Flushing organized the fair, which will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at this historic church, at 135-32 38th Ave.

“We find that one of the biggest challenges facing immigrants is lack of knowledge of the wonderful programs and institutions dedicated to their success,” said Alexandra Ruiz, executive director of Immigrant Advancement Matters, a nonprofit that helps immigrants through educational, legal and personal advancement programs.

A recent city study showed Asian New Yorkers’ poverty rate spiked higher than any other ethnic group during the recession and attributed this to a lack of language services at government agencies.

Organizers said the resource fair was one way to bridge this gap.

Some of the organizations represented at the fair will include Asian Americans for Equality, the LaGuardia Small Business Development Center and the city Department of Health.

Reach reporter Alex Robinson by e-mail at arobinson@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4566.

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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anon says:
Awesome job. Keep it up and find more ways to unite.
May 15, 2014, 8:02 am
anon can pay from queens says:
Why should others pay for immigrants to learn English. Those who do can pay. Not on my dime. Sorry I work for my money and pay taxes.
May 15, 2014, 9:58 am

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