About Refugee Resettlement
The Refugee Resettlement Program works to resettle individuals who have been forced to flee their home country because of war and persecution. About 130 individuals will resettle in Iowa this year through Catholic Charities.
Resettlement efforts focus on the first 90 to 180 days of arrival and include:
- Assistance with housing, food & transportation
- Cultural orientation
- Job placement assistance
- English language classes
What is a refugee?
An individual who has fled their country of origin and who meets the United Nations’ criteria of having a “well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion”.
Catholic Charities is currently resettling refugees from Burma, Bhutan, Eritrea, and Iraq.
Learn more about the conflicts in these countries and the hardships endured by the courageous and resilient people coming to make a new home in Iowa at www.unhcr.org.
How you can help