General Refugee Resettlement and IINE Questions

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28 05, 2017

How many refugees does the United States resettle each year?

2020-01-03T14:08:39-05:00May 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 to respond to [...]

28 05, 2017

Why does the United States have a refugee resettlement program?

2020-01-03T14:09:51-05:00May 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. From 1980 until the election of Donald Trump, the U.S. led the world in formal refugee resettlement, accepting more [...]

28 05, 2017

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

2020-01-03T14:10:32-05:00May 28th, 2017|

IINE was resettling an average of 625 refugees each year prior to 2017. We experienced a reduction in refugee arrivals in 2017 and 2018, and an increase to 246 refugees in 2019. Refugees come to New England from many countries facing war and violence including Myanmar (Burma), the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Sudan and [...]

28 05, 2017

Please describe the work IINE does with newly arrived refugees.

2020-01-06T13:14:09-05:00May 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 [...]

28 05, 2017

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

2017-10-12T16:19:11-04:00May 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 has the reduction in the number of refugees coming to the U.S. impacted IINE?

2020-01-03T17:07:55-05:00May 28th, 2017|

We have fewer refugees in resettlement services than prior to 2017, but we are serving more people. We have grown our legal services program, expanded skills training programs, and shifted to an economic model that is less dependent on public money. IINE remains in contact with nearly 7,000 refugees whom we have resettled in recent [...]

28 05, 2017

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

2017-10-12T16:21:38-04:00May 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 [...]

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