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FILE - Catholic Community Services of Utah and the English Skills Learning Center have been awarded a $250,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help more than 400 refugees and immigrants achieve citizenship by 2019.

SALT LAKE CITY — Catholic Community Services of Utah and the English Skills Learning Center have been awarded a $250,000 grant by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help more than 400 refugees and immigrants achieve citizenship by 2019.

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According to a statement from the organizations, each year Utah becomes home to 1,200 new refugees and immigrants from all around the world. Many arrive with little to no English skills. This becomes one of the greatest challenges new arrivals face in trying to integrate into the community, and one that often prevents people from becoming citizens.

“Once a refugee or immigrant can fluently speak the language, they are on the fast track to becoming self-sufficient,” Aden Batar, director of Migration and Refugee Services for Catholic Community Services, said in a statement. “And by working with English Skills Learning Center, we can ensure that every refugee in our care has the tools to be successful.”