Last year the U.S. resettled over 62,000 refugees from different parts of the world, primarily made up of refugees from Burma, Iraq, Bhutan, and Burundi in cities as diverse as Fargo, North Dakota, Houston, Texas, and Denver, Colorado. For the past eight months I have had the opportunity to see this program work from the inside being an employee at one of the ten organizations funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration to resettle refugees in the U.S. This under-publicized resettlement program provides resettling refugees with many basic services that assist in their transition to life in the U.S. While the U.S. refugee resettlement program is not without flaws, I thought it might be fitting to recognize some of the positive stories of refugees getting a chance at a new beginning here in the U.S.
* New To U.S., Iraqi Refugee Helps Others Resettle, National Public Radio
* Chattanooga to resettle Iraqi refugees, Chattanooga Times
* Bhutanese refugees learn American ways, San Francisco Chronicle
* Refugees from Bhutan find a home in the United States, Relief Web