LISTEN: Alaska’s history of immigration goes farther back than you might think

Art from the Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services (RAIS) art show held Feb. 3 in support of those affected by President Trump’s executive order (Photo: RAIS)

Alaska is home to some of the most diverse neighborhoods and schools in America. Immigrants play a large role in expanding the state’s cultural identity, economy and community. But the road to citizenship is not easy, and arriving in Alaska is only half the battle. We’ll discuss the history of immigration in Alaska, and the contributions of Alaska immigrants on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Mara Kimmel, co-founder and board member, Alaska Institute for Justice
  • Issa Spatrisano, program director and state refugee coordinator, Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services, Catholic Social Services



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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-350-2058.