This video focuses on the influx of Somali immigrants and refugees into the town of Lewiston, Maine, where over 6,000 Somali and Somali Bantus that have settled since 2001.
With a state population of just over 1.2 million, these numbers have wide-reaching consequences. Although this video focuses on the town of Lewiston, the state’s largest city, Portland, has been experiencing an increase in its immigrant population as well. Today, over 1,000 immigrants from central Africa live Portland.
This BBC video demonstrates the challenges that both African immigrants and residents themselves face in the country’s “whitest state.”