Program helps resettle more than 100 refugees to Springfield, more to come

Published: Oct. 27, 2016 at 10:43 PM CDT
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In the last year, 85,000 refugees have moved into cities across the U.S., including Springfield.

The Refugee Resettlement program through the International Institute of St. Louis has helped around 100 refugees get settled in Springfield.

That was the topic of Thursday night's discussion at the Library Center. The Institute says they plan for more refugees to come to Springfield and St. Louis in the next year.

Esther Faida and her family are refugees from the Republic of Congo through Kenya. That's where majority of the Refugees that come to Springfield are from. Esther says she had to go through a 13 step process before getting on a plane to the U.S. The process includes interviews and security screenings and lasts up to 24 months.

Once Refugee's arrive, federal agencies partner with local organizations to help integrate them to the community, find a place to live, work, go to school, day care. The institute is looking for more of that help.

You can attend the next " Refugee 101" meeting Friday October 28th at the Busch Municipal Building in room L45. The meeting starts at 10 in the morning and runs until noon.

You can visit the International Institute of St. Louis: