About 2,500 Refugees Allocated to Minnesota This Fiscal Year
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A division of the U.S. State Department recently told Minnesota officials that the state will be allowed to take in 2,505 refugees for resettlement during federal fiscal year 2017.
The figure is roughly in line with recent years.
Data from the Department of Human Services shows that from 2003 through this Oct. 31, Minnesota took in about 39,500 refugees from dozens of countries. Nearly 40 percent came from Somalia and about 20 percent are from Burma.
During the presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump proposed a ban on Muslims entering the country and called for a moratorium on Syrian refugees.
Ben Walen is division director for the Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Services. He says refugees often fled from persecution back home, and these comments have left some feeling unsafe again.