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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
We will be receiving fewer newly arrived refugees than in recent years, but more than 600 refugees who have come to the U.S. in the past several years are still receiving services from IINE. In addition, we are pivoting some of our training and literacy programming to serve a broader range of immigrants.
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 [...]
No person accepted to the U.S. as a refugee, including from Syria, has been implicated in a fatal terrorist attack since the Refugee Resettlement Act of 1980 was enacted, according to an analysis by the Cato Institute.