28 05, 2017

How many refugees does the United States resettle each year?

2017-10-12T16:14:01+00:00May 28th, 2017|

Since 1975, the U.S. has admitted more than 3.3 million refugees, an average of 80,000 per year. From 2012 to 2015, the U.S. admitted 70,000 refugees per year, and in 2016, in response to the global refugee crisis, the U.S. admitted 85,000 refugees. President Obama raised the ceiling to 110,000 in FY17 because he wanted [...]

28 05, 2017

Why does the United States have a refugee resettlement program?

2017-10-12T16:15:15+00:00May 28th, 2017|

There are humanitarian and strategic reasons for the program, which the United States formally began in 1980. While not a stated purpose of the resettlement program, there are economic benefits to local communities that receive refugees. Of the world’s 22.5 million refugees, 1.2 million are at extreme risk, or are seeking to join family members [...]

28 05, 2017

How many refugees does IINE resettle each year and where do they come from?

2017-10-18T15:10:07+00:00May 28th, 2017|

In 2015 and 2016, IINE resettled 625 and 623 refugees, respectively.  In 2017, due to the new President’s reduction of refugee admissions, the International Institute of New England resettled 434 refugees.  In FY18, we anticipate resettling between 300 and 400 refugees and Special Interest Visa holders. Recently, refugees have come to New England from Bhutan, [...]

28 05, 2017

Please describe the work the Institute does with newly arrived refugees.

2017-10-12T16:18:08+00:00May 28th, 2017|

In our reception and placement program, our staff dedicates approximately 75 hours of case management time to each refugee. Services include welcoming each refugee family at either Manchester or Logan airport and escorting them to a furnished apartment we have provisioned with home goods, clothing and food. Within days of arrival, our staff helps clients [...]

28 05, 2017

What support does IINE receive from the federal government to assist newly arrived refugees?

2017-10-12T16:19:11+00:00May 28th, 2017|

It is important to understand nationwide, and at IINE, private support for refugees dwarfs public financing.  Federal resettlement funds provide a one-time cash grant of $2,075 to resettlement organizations like the International Institute of New England to support each newly arrived refugee. The program allocates $1,125 directly to client expenses in order to cover rent, [...]

28 05, 2017

How does the United States screen refugees coming to our country?

2017-10-12T16:21:38+00:00May 28th, 2017|

Since 9/11, the United States has had the most organized and carefully managed refugee admissions process in the world. After screening by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the U.S National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI Terrorist Screening Center, and the Departments of State, Defense, and Homeland Security vet all refugees seeking resettlement in [...]