Report: Immigrant Family Financial and Relational Stressors and Coping Strategies during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our research team conducted interviews with 19 community-based nonprofit health and human services providers serving immigrant and refugee families from urban and rural Minnesota during June – August 2020. The primary intention of this study is to share findings with policymakers and community agencies to inform
ongoing policy about the experiences of immigrant families.

This report describes the experiences of immigrant families in specific areas, including:

  • Resilience
  • Job loss and impact of loss of income
  • Housing
  • Health (COVID and general health impacted by stressors)
  • Family relationships
  • Coping
  • Distance learning
  • Food cost and availability

It also identifies the assistance available, barriers to assistance, and the challenges for agencies and need to support agency staff.