Refugees Are Flooding to Texas

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Texas has become the top destination for refugee resettlement, with Dallas the second largest hub, according to recent statistics. It became the main destination for resettlement as of last year, rising from number five in 2001.

In an article earlier this week, the Houston Chronicle reported that Texas' rise in the refugee rankings may be the result of word of mouth among refugees.

Caitriona Lyons, the coordinator of the state's Refugee Resettlement Program, told the Chronicle that Texas' relatively strong economy likely is helping swell the numbers of refugees.

International Rescue Committee in Dallas is one of a handful of non-profits that helps to resettle people in the area. Executive Director Debi Wheeler agreed with Lyons' assessment, adding "I think that the economy is a factor [of why refugees come to Texas], but I think with the refugees, sometimes they're also joining relatives that are in the U.S. I think affordable housing in Texas is another draw." But she points out that settlement cities for those without relatives are determined by the State Department, according what certain cities can accomodate based on services and housing.

The vast majority of refugees come from Burma, Bhutan and Iraq, which is reflected in the refugee population of Dallas. Those cultures will be on full display next week for World Refugee Day. On June 20 at Fair Oaks Park, Catholic Charities is hosting a day of Iraqi, Bhutanese and Burmese dance, music from South Sudan, an Ethiopian coffee ceremony and a West African Hair Braiding presentation -- complete with food from around the world.

A brief drive through the Vickery Meadow neighborhood, on either side of Park Lane, just east of Interstate 75, is a peek at the range of people from dozens of countries for whom Dallas has only recently become home. It's not uncommon there for an Iraqi who worked as a translator for the American military to brush shoulders with a Burmese family who spent the last decade in a refugee camp.

More than 56,000 refugees unable to return to their home countries because of persecution resettled in the United States last year. Dallas County was the second (to Harris County) most populous area of the state for resettlement, according to State Department statistics.

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Dresetar
Dresetar

Catholic Charities held their World Refugee Day 2012 on June 23, not June 20.

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Sacmankc135
Sacmankc135

I am not a racist SHIT FOR BRAINS ! I just HATE FUCKING COMMIE LIBERALS LIKE YOU, that are destroying our country with your pinko brains,  WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN TERMINATED IN YOUR MOTHERS WOMB. By the way you ARE PAYING MY PENSION and I no longer have to work to protect your  DUMBASS.

Sonny Dae
Sonny Dae

If you look at refugee neighborhoods in Dallas, you'll see low income American folks moving out (taking the crime with them) and the remaining refugee communities helping to lower the local crime rates. But isn't it easier to say something mean 'bout all them there foreign peoples? Do you ever wonder what you'd do in a situation like Katrina or something that causes refugees? You probably know what an upright and law-abiding citizen you'd be, that's why you feel free to say those things .

Sonny Dae
Sonny Dae

They are not invaders. In fact, they didn't ask to come here. They were invited by the US government, regardless of who is in the White House. That's what a refugee is. They're well-documented and are work-authorized. I like these articles because they are feel-good stories, but also because they expose the ignorant racists that troll the blogs. I feel better now and am sure I have job security :) 

Pet peeved
Pet peeved

" just east of Interstate 75..." Um, Interstate 75 runs through Atlanta, Leslie, not Dallas. Not every controlled-access freeway is an interstate highway.

Sacmankc135
Sacmankc135

They are not illegal's THEY ARE INVADERS>................what does one usually do with an invader,,,,say into your home??

Urbandweller203
Urbandweller203

You need to check the statistic to see which ethnic group is known for keeping crime up. Its not these people....check the arrest log at the county jail. I think you are just being bias. In every city have traveled and lived in the U.S., this culture is known for working hard and is pleasant to be around. I welcome them and hope they will become good tax paying citizen.

F-250
F-250

 somebody better teach them beeches what right turn on red means or they are gonna get a backend full of my fully accessorized grille guard.

Timetomoveon
Timetomoveon

Oh sweet. After all the Katrina trash stole all the copper and finally killed each other off-- now we get a 2nd round to knock our crime rate back up.

yeahIsaidthat
yeahIsaidthat

translation: more last minute right lane exits on the freeway from the far left lane.

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