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Bishops’ conference resettles 27% of refugees to US

January 11, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services resettled 27% of the 57,000 refugees who came to the United States in 2011. The six leading countries of origin of the 15,543 refugees settled by the bishops’ conference were Bhutan, Myanmar (Burma), Iraq, Somalia, Cuba, and Iran.

While religious persecution or government repression in the latter five countries is well known, the plight of Bhutanese refugees is less so. These refugees are Lhotshampas, Bhutanese people of Nepali origin who live in UN refugee camps in Nepal.


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  • Posted by: jflare293129 - Jan. 11, 2012 10:52 PM ET USA

    How many other resettlement organizations are there out there? Especially major ones? Resettling about 1 of every 4 migrants with one organization is rather impressive-sounding, but might the field be pretty small, with only 1 or 2 major groups contributing significantly to the other 75%? In other words, does almost 25% constitute a dramatic effort? Or is it overshadowed by some other organization that addressed 30% or more?