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Newcomer support groups merge 

Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association and the Halifax Immigrant Learning Centre merge to form one group, the Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services .

Beginning this week, recent immigrants to Halifax can look forward to new and improved support for their newcomer needs. Two organizations committed to helping people settle into their new lives are officially amalgamating to better serve under one name.

The Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services (ISIS) was formerly spread over two shops---the Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association (MISA) and the Halifax Immigrant Learning Centre (HILC). A merger was the next logical step for MISA and HILC, whose services are better offered together than separately, says Nabiha Atallah, a manager at MISA.

For now, ISIS clients shouldn't notice any major changes. "In the long term," says Atallah, "services will be more efficient, more effective and more holistic."

MISA and HILC process about 1,600 new clients each year. As ISIS, they're hoping to attract and retain more immigrants for Halifax---an effort that will support the broader community too.

ISIS is located in Chebucto Place, in the same office where HILC and MISA have operated for the past six years. For more information on ISIS, check out isisns.ca.

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