Cleveland’s refugee community was in the national spotlight on the TV show, “America with Jorge Ramos.”
Last year, nearly 70,000 refugees – people fleeing their home countries in fear of persecution – came to the United States. Between 500 and 700 refugees arrive in Cleveland every year.
Since 2008, Northeast Ohio has received more than 2,500 refugees, with most coming from areas of conflict in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
The refugees here are better off than refugees who settle in other American cities, according to statistics from the Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland.
Brian Upton, Executive Director of Building Hope in the City, said, “We’ve been invited to several conferences on refugee resettlement to share more about our collaborative approach, and have hosted delegations from other countries who want to know more, as well.”
When Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, visited Cleveland in February, she referred to the Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland as a model for other cities in the country to consider.
“You have a lot to be proud of here in Cleveland,” Richard said at the City Club of Cleveland.
We are so proud that the International Services Center, a member of the Refugee Services Collaborative of Greater Cleveland, is now USCRI Cleveland.