Salt Lake County is a welcoming community, open to all. We recognize that welcoming communities are safer, stronger and more vibrant. Our rapid growth includes many foreign-born residents who now call the county home. To ensure that New Americans feel welcome and supported, Mayor Ben McAdams established the Office for New Americans & Refugees in 2016. Its goal is to improve the lives of Salt Lake County’s New American residents by maximizing their civic, social, and economic potential. Public, private, nonprofit and citizen groups are collaborating to support an estimated 55,000 eligible New Americans to become naturalized citizens.