Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

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Lucero Chavez Basilio, Director

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) serves as the regional expert and lead in immigrant and refugee affairs and provides resources and information through a variety of activities countywide. OIRA collaborates with the community and local Resettlement Agencies to devote County resources to the immigrant population, regardless of immigration, refugee, or visa status, and serves as the County Refugee Coordinator to the State of California.

For information and/or assistance, please call (619) 731-3371.

Information about our office and information on helpful programs (English click here). Other languages:  العربية  (Arabic) | 中文 (Chinese) | 한국어 (Korean) | Español (Spanish) | Tagalog (Tagalog) | Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese) | Soomaali (Somali) | فارسی (Farsi).

Please visit the Welcome Center in National City (English click here). Other languages:  العربية  (Arabic) | 中文 (Chinese) | 한국어 (Korean) | Español (Spanish) | Tagalog (Tagalog) | Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese) | Soomaali (Somali) | فارسی (Farsi).

Programs, Services, and Activities

Seek -- community stakeholder input and apply regional academic research, data, and best practices to advance equity and opportunity for immigrant and refugee populations.

Align -- efforts in the community to address the needs and challenges of the immigrant and refugee populations by regularly convening with community stakeholders and developing an OIRA Strategic Plan.

Enhance -- relationships with various stakeholders, including community-based organizations, Resettlement Agencies, local jurisdictions, state, federal, and binational partners, in supporting a healthy, safe, and thriving community.