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Here at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, we distribute staff-wide daily articles on important issues.  Want to be in the loop, too?  We’ll keep you up to date on the scoop about refugees, immigrants, migrant children, and human trafficking every week in our Read This! Blog.

October 26, 2012

A moratorium on refugee resettlement in Manchester has come to the center of gubernatorial debates in New Hampshire.  The legislation, which would allow municipalities to halt resettlement for one year, was passed in the House, but later sent to interim study in the Senate this spring.  Both candidates voiced concern for local communities to have adequate capacity to welcome new refugees.  Ovide Lamontague voiced support of the moratorium while Maggie Hassan’s spokesman declined to comment on whether Hassan supported or opposed the legislation.

Secondary migrants in Waterloo, IA will now have access to much needed resettlement services thanks to a new program from the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, with support from the Office of Refugee Resettlement.  The 17-month program will also assist the Waterloo community, schools, and businesses with translation and interpreting services for interacting with the newcomers, as well as building better relationships throughout the community.  “With this help, USCRI can ensure that new refugees in Waterloo may become economically self-sufficient, contributing members of their new community,” said Valerie Stubbs, Director of USCRI Des Moines.
 
Home to the largest Arab-American population in the U.S., refugees in Dearborn, MI continue to cope with the long-term effects of violence, war, and torture.  ACCESS, a local service agency, is working with these clients to identify symptoms and treat severe PTSD while overcoming the stigma associated with mental health in the Arab culture.  ACCESS is concerned that the conflict in Syria will create an influx of refugees suffering from PTSD and an increased demand for services.

The U.N. refugee agency has raised concerns in a new report over violence targeted at Asian and African migrants in Greece.  As the country deals with the crippling economic downturn, the report said 87 attacks were recorded during the year as of September.  This number is lower than actual statistics as victims are hesitant to report incidents to the police.  Most of the victims were from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Somalia.

Jordan is requesting aid to provide healthcare services and address additional needs for more than 200,000 Syrian refugees. In Za’atari refugee camp alone, Syrian children have received 50,000 doses of vaccines to prevent and fight contagious diseases.  Jordanian officials need more help as local hospitals and clinics are becoming overwhelmed.



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