The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) works to improve the lives of Seattle's Immigrant and Refugee residents.

OIRA strives to achieve this vision by strengthening Immigrant and Refugee communities, by engaging them in decisions about the City's future and improving the City's programs and services to meet the needs of all constituents.

In 2014, Seattle Mayor Edward Murray showed his commitment to establishing Seattle as a leader in immigrant integration by significantly expanding OIRA. Today, OIRA's budget and staff have grown four-fold.

The Mayor also announced an action plan for OIRA's work to deliver tangible improvements in the daily lives of immigrants and refugees:

  • Strengthen Language Access Policies & Protocols
  • Expand Access to ESL Programs
  • Citizenship & Naturalization Campaign
  • Community Safety
  • Civic & Community Engagement
  • Better Government
  • Administrative Action