Office of International Communities and Refugee Affairs

A Division of the Department of Neighborhoods

Serving people from all over the world who call Houston home

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The Office of International Communities and Refugee Affairs promotes the well-being and connectedness of Houston’s international community of immigrants, expatriates, and refugees by supporting their civic and cultural integration.

By partnering with stakeholders and community-based organizations to offer programs, services, and signature events, the Office of International Communities and Refugee Affairs seeks to build the capacity of Houston to welcome and integrate its diverse citizenry. Explore our services and signature events by clicking the below images, or contact us directly for all questions, inquiries, or suggestions.

Ethnicity and Languages Spoken Statistics

Request the Mayor’s participation at an event:
After completing an online request for the mayor to attend an event, please send an email with complete details about the event to  Be sure to include the name of the event in the subject line.

Request a Proclamation:

Advisory Council of International Communities
The Advisory Council of International Communities, known formerly as the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (MACIRA), advises the City on strategies for effective community outreach and services to Houston’s diverse and flourishing international community ...  More ... 

OIC Signature Initiatives
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