In preparation for the United Way of Central Iowa’s Refugee Summit, Dr. Helene Grossman interviewed USCRI Des Moines Director Carly Ross, where she explains the top 11 things Iowans should know about resettled refugees.
“Iowa has a long history of welcoming refugees. In 1975, Governor Robert Ray established a task force to resettle 1,200 Tai Dam refugees displaced by the Vietnam War. Then he welcomed the Vietnamese “boat people.” Iowa continued its commitment to refugees by welcoming Eastern Europeans in the late 1980s and Bosnians in the 1990s. Today, USCRI in Iowa resettles between 650 and 700 refugees each year. That number may go up, as President Obama recently announced that the U.S. will resettle 30 percent more refugees next year.”
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