How Andrew Romay Helped New Immigrants

Andrew Romay at the May 2016 graduation reception for immigrants who went through ARNIC’s programs. (Photo by Olga Makukh courtesy of ARNIC)

Hungarian-born Andrew Romay, who survived months-long incarceration in both the Nazi concentration camp of Mauthausen and a Hungarian communist detention camp, and who came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1956, passed away on Feb. 10 at the age of 94.

Having built a successful career as an entrepreneur in the U.S., Romay became a philanthropist in recent years. Eventually, he set his sights on helping those immigrants who, like he did many years earlier, struggle to navigate their way in a new land. In 2012, he founded the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) at the English-Speaking Union. More than 750 immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers have passed through its doors, receiving year-long scholarships to attend daily English conversation practice, English classes, workshops, civic programs and cultural events.

Three years ago, Voices of NY visited ARNIC to check in on some of the English-language tutoring sessions. The video is republished below.

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