Refugee Resettlement Watch

Archive for the ‘blogging’ Category

Weekly wrap-up December 19th

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 19, 2014

I hadn’t planned to do a wrap-up for a week where posting was light while I worked on a bigger project, but because one post this past week could end up being the post of the year, I figured I needed to mention it!  Thousands and thousands of readers clicked on this post from last Friday:  So where might those Syrians be going?

And, I hope that means that at least some of you read to the end of that post and called your local resettlement contractor to ask if Syrians were coming to your city.

The number two post was no surprise (given the number one post).   Readers from Europe make up a growing share of our readers, so number three is no surprise either.  Here are the top three posts of the week (top daily posts are in the right hand side bar):

1.  So where might those Syrians be going?

2.  Here they come! State Department announces that 9,000 Syrians are on the way to the US

3.  UN blasts Sweden for “Afrophobia”

For all of you who have sent me story ideas over the last week, I hope to start catching up with those today and continue up until Christmas Eve now that my project is behind me.

To see the usual top ten countries, visit our blogging category to see past weekly updates.  But, we are excited to report that we have a new country that broke into the top ten this week—welcome Czech Republic!

***Update*** Maybe this is why we are getting so many readers from the Czech Republic!

Because of the Islamic terror attack by a “refugee” in Australia this week, our Australian readers were here in force.

For new readers!

Since we get new readers every day, here is my usual spiel.

This is where you can find information if you are arriving here at RRW for the first time (in addition to our fact sheet). We have over 6,000 posts.

*  See our categories (left hand sidebar)

*  See the tag clouds (right hand sidebar)

*  Also, we have a great search function and since neither the categories nor the tags go all the way back to our first posts seven years ago, use the search window with a few key words.  You might want to first try your city, state, or country to see what we have reported from there over the years.

Readers from Europe should search for key words ‘Invasion of Europe’ for all of our many posts on the migration crisis on the Continent.

By the way, our category entitled ‘where to find information’ is filled with reports and documents, but with 309 posts archived there, it is pretty unwieldy now.

Past weekly roundups can be found in our category entitled ‘blogging.’

If you wish to be notified when we post, consider subscribing or follow us on twitter (@refugeewatcher) or facebook (RefugeeInfoResource).  ‘Like us’ on facebook!

And apologies to all who e-mail and comment, sorry if I don’t respond much, there are just not enough hours in my day!

It occurs to me that I do see everyone’s comments to posts because we do screen them (no foul language, no threats), so if you have something you want me to see, I don’t at all mind if you send the link as a comment to a post, even if it’s off-topic.

To regular readers, thank you for your continued concern for this very important issue.

Posted in blogging, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: | 2 Comments »

RRW weekly round-up for the week ending December 6

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 7, 2014

Didn’t get around to the usual weekly summary last week (the last week of November) but am excited to report that November 2014 is our top month ever in terms of the number of visitors arriving every day!   (RRW was launched in July 2007)

This past week’s top three posts were (our daily top posts are in the right had side bar):

1)  Member of the Dutch Parliament calls for mosques to be banished from the Netherlands

2)  Why are we taking refugees from South Africa?

3)  Our fact sheet

Top ten countries this week (excluding the US) are as follows in descending order:

UK

Australia

Canada

South Africa

Germany

France

Sweden

Netherlands

India

Thailand

For new readers!

Since we get new readers every day, here is my usual spiel.

This is where you can find information if you are arriving here at RRW for the first time (in addition to the fact sheet linked above). We have over 6,000 posts.

*  See our categories (left hand sidebar)

*  See the tag clouds (right hand sidebar)

*  Also, we have a great search function and since neither the categories nor the tags go all the way back to our first posts seven years ago, use the search window with a few key words.  You might want to first try your city, state, or country to see what we have reported from there over the years.

By the way, our category entitled ‘where to find information’ is filled with reports and documents, but with 308 posts archived there, it is pretty unwieldy now.

Past weekly roundups can be found in our category entitled ‘blogging.’

If you wish to be notified when we post, consider subscribing or follow us on twitter (@refugeewatcher) or facebook (RefugeeInfoResource).  ‘Like us’ on facebook!

And apologies to all who e-mail and comment, sorry if I don’t respond much, there are just not enough hours in my day!

It occurs to me that I do see everyone’s comments to posts because we do screen them (no foul language, no threats), so if you have something you want me to see, I don’t at all mind if you send the link as a comment to a post, even if it’s off-topic.

To regular readers, thank you for your continued concern for this very important issue.

Posted in blogging, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: | 2 Comments »

RRW round-up for the week ending November 22nd

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 22, 2014

I feel badly that I didn’t post yesterday—probably the first time in months that I’ve missed a day.  But, I will try to catch up today (I have a huge queue of potential posts).  I’m working on a bigger project so there will be some lighter days going forward.

However, I noticed that my absence wasn’t missed as a large number of readers were back anyway reading some of our 6,000+ previous posts.  We are on target to make November 2014 our best month ever!

Top posts this week were the following (daily top posts are in the right hand sidebar).

I was surprised to see that our fact sheet did not make it into the top three this time.  And, I was equally surprised to see that the Somalis go to Wyoming for subsidized housing vouchers story was, for the third week in a row, our top post!  (I sure hope it isn’t because refugees and their handlers across the country are sending it around and are headed to Wyoming for their vouchers!)

1. So why are those Somalis moving to Cheyenne, WY? Prepare to be shocked

2. Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains largely funded by government contracts

3. In Liberal, Kansas meat packing plant a black guy named Smith murders a Somali refugee

That last one, about Liberal, Kansas was a month-old yesterday, so I don’t know why it hit big this week.  One of my Kansas correspondents found nothing new happening on the case, but did find a juicy story I hope to get posted today.

Our top ten countries for the week were as follows (in descending order and excluding the US).  Usually Canada, Australia and the UK are somewhere in the top 3, but last week Malta came in at number one, and now Germany has pushed the UK to number four.

Canada

Germany

Australia

UK

Thailand

Sweden

France

Netherlands

Norway

New Zealand

A trip down memory lane! 

I’ve been doing some digging about our first year (2007) at RRW and came across this very thorough piece (‘In Maryland, resistance closes refugee office’) published at the Emporia Gazette (Kansas) written by Bobbi Mylnar that chronicles how Washington County Maryland residents (including this writer) questioned the US State Department and its contractor Virginia Council of Churches about resettlement of third-worlders in Hagerstown, the county seat.

The detailed report, which I had completely forgotten about, chronicles that episode and the consequent birth of this blog—Refugee Resettlement Watch.  It also (significantly) reports the demise of the resettlement effort in Washington County, MD.

Why was Emporia, Kansas interested in faraway western Maryland?  They were in the midst of a huge public controversy about the arrival of large numbers of Somali refugees to work for Tyson Foods (what else!).  Ultimately the controversy became so heated, Tyson closed the plant and move the Somalis to other towns.  We have a whole category here at RRW on that battle.

For new readers!

Since we get new readers every day, here is my usual spiel.

This is where you can find information if you are arriving here at RRW for the first time (in addition to the fact sheet linked above). We have over 6,000 posts.

*  See our categories (left hand sidebar)

*  See the tag clouds (right hand sidebar)

*  Also, we have a great search function and since neither the categories nor the tags go all the way back to our first posts seven years ago, use the search window with a few key words.  You might want to first try your city, state, or country to see what we have reported from there over the years.

By the way, our category entitled ‘where to find information’ is filled with reports and documents, but with 307 posts archived there, it is pretty unwieldy now.

Past weekly roundups can be found in our category entitled ‘blogging.’

If you wish to be notified when we post, consider subscribing or follow us on twitter (@refugeewatcher) or facebook (RefugeeInfoResource).  ‘Like us’ on facebook!

And apologies to all who e-mail and comment, sorry if I don’t respond much, there are just not enough hours in my day!

It occurs to me that I do see everyone’s comments to posts because we do screen them (no foul language, no threats), so if you have something you want me to see, I don’t at all mind if you send the link as a comment to a post, even if it’s off-topic.

To regular readers, thank you for your continued concern for this very important issue.

Posted in blogging, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: | 2 Comments »

RRW wrap-up for week ending November 15th

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 15, 2014

We didn’t post a wrap-up last week because I just didn’t get to it.  But, much to my surprise our top post (again) this week is the one about Somalis going from Colorado, where there is now apparently a serious overload of refugees looking for subsidized housing, to Wyoming to pick up housing vouchers they can take back and use in Colorado.

Here are the top most-visited stories this week (Top daily posts are in the right-hand sidebar):

1)  So why are those Somalis moving to Cheyenne, WY? Prepare to be shocked

2)  Malta writer: no “illegal” migrants just “irregular” ones, and you are a racist if you don’t see that

3)  Our fact sheet (always in the top three most-read posts)

Top ten countries (excluding the US).  And, check this out, for the first time another country pushed aside one of the usual top three and came in at number one—Malta!

Malta  (those Maltese must have really liked our Malta writer post!)

Canada

UK

Australia

France

Germany

South Africa

New Zealand

Thailand

India

If this month’s high number of visitors continues through November, we could top our top month ever (October) in terms of readership.

And, since we get new readers every day, here is my usual spiel.  For new readers:

This is where you can find information if you are arriving here at RRW for the first time (in addition to the fact sheet linked above). We have over 6,000 posts.

*  See our categories (left hand sidebar)

*  See the tag clouds (right hand sidebar)

*  Also, we have a great search function and since neither the categories nor the tags go all the way back to our first posts seven years ago, use the search window with a few key words.  You might want to first try your city, state, or country to see what we have reported from there over the years.

By the way, our category entitled ‘where to find information’ is filled with reports and documents, but with 307 posts archived there, it is pretty unwieldy now.

Past weekly roundups can be found in our category entitled ‘blogging.’

If you are a new reader, consider subscribing or follow us on twitter (@refugeewatcher) or facebook (RefugeeInfoResource).  ‘Like us’ on facebook!

And apologies to all who e-mail and comment, sorry if I don’t respond much, there are just not enough hours in my day!

It occurs to me that I do see everyone’s comments to posts because we do screen them (no foul language, no threats), so if you have something you want me to see, I don’t at all mind if you send the link as a comment to a post, even if it’s off-topic.

To regular readers, thank you for your continued concern for this very important issue.

Posted in blogging, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: | 2 Comments »

The Somalis-to-Cheyenne, WY post has gone viral

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 12, 2014

I didn’t get around to a weekly wrap-up of what was hot at RRW last week…but I need to mention this:

I don’t know why or how, but the post we wrote ten days ago about the Somalis going to Cheyenne, WY to get their subsidized housing vouchers is still coming in every day in the number one most-read posts tabulation.  Thousands and thousands have read it.

Click here to read it if somehow you missed it.  I would like to know who taught them how to game the system—Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains maybe?

By the way, I see it’s minus 6 degrees in some parts of Wyoming this morning.  Brrrr!

For all of our previous weekly summaries, go to our ‘blogging’ category.  See also our archive on the Wyoming refugee controversy by clicking here.

Posted in blogging, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Taxpayer goodies, Who is going where | Tagged: , , , | Comments Off

Weekly wrap-up for final week of October 2014

Posted by Ann Corcoran on November 3, 2014

RRW had its greatest number of readers during the past month of any month since our blogging began in July 2007!

Our top three posts for the week were as follows (top daily posts are in the right hand side bar):

1)  Are ISIS fighters sending their families to refugee camps?

2)  Our fact sheet

3)  Cheyenne, WY: Citizens to rally for states rights and against federal government sending refugees to Wyoming, Saturday Nov. 1  (update report coming today)

Have a look at our top countries at previous weekly reviews by visiting our blogging category.  The newest country to make the Top Ten countries from which we receive readers is Austria.

 For all of our many new readers!

This is where you can find information if you are arriving here at RRW for the first time (in addition to the fact sheet linked above). We have over 6,000 posts.

*  See our categories (left hand sidebar)

*  See the tag clouds (right hand sidebar)

*  Also, we have a great search function and since neither the categories nor the tags go all the way back to our first posts seven years ago, use the search window with a few key words.  You might want to first try your city, state, or country to see what we have reported from there over the years.

By the way, our category entitled ‘where to find information’ is filled with reports and documents, but with 304 posts archived there, it is pretty unwieldy now.

Past weekly roundups can be found in our category entitled ‘blogging.’

If you are a new reader, consider subscribing or follow us on twitter (@refugeewatcher) or facebook (RefugeeInfoResource).  ‘Like us’ on facebook!

And apologies to all who e-mail and comment, sorry if I don’t respond much, there are just not enough hours in my day!

It occurs to me that I do see everyone’s comments to posts because we do screen them (no foul language, no threats), so if you have something you want me to see, I don’t at all mind if you send the link as a comment to a post, even if it’s off-topic.

To regular readers, thank you for your continued concern for this very important issue.

Posted in blogging, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: | 4 Comments »

RRW down for about 24 hours; no explanation

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 28, 2014

As many of you figured out on your own, WordPress took down Refugee Resettlement Watch for about 24 hours claiming we violated terms of our agreement.   Although we are grateful to be back up, we wish we knew why this happened.

One very positive outcome however, was the great outpouring of concern from many faithful readers who e-mailed or phoned to show support and encouragement.

Thank you so much!  Ann

Posted in blogging, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: | Comments Off

Weekly roundup for the week ending October 25th

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 26, 2014

Just didn’t get to to this on Friday or yesterday, but here are the three Top Posts and Top countries for the past week.  Please see daily Top Posts in right hand sidebar.

We post this sporadic review so that new readers who arrived just yesterday or earlier this week and subscribed or began following us on twitter or facebook can get a feel for who we are and what interests our readers.

We are happy to report that this month (October 2014) is shaping up to be our biggest month ever (in our over seven year history) in terms of the number of visitors arriving here.

Top Post this past week:

1)  Congolese refugee women in America need costly mental health care; 50,000 in the pipeline!

2)  Our fact sheet

3)  Obama “welcomes” 100,000 Haitians to your towns and cities

Here are the Top Ten countries in descending order from which visitors arrived, excluding the US of course which is by far number one:

Canada

UK

Australia

France

Germany

Jamaica

South Africa

New Zealand (new this week)

Sweden

Spain (new this week)

Where to find information if you are arriving here at RRW for the first time (in addition to the fact sheet linked above).

*  See our categories (left hand sidebar)

*  See the tag clouds (right hand sidebar)

*  Also, we have a great search function and since neither the categories nor the tags go all the way back to our first posts seven years ago, use the search window with a few key words.  You might want to first try your city, state, or country to see what we have reported from there over the years.

By the way, our category entitled ‘where to find information’ is filled with reports and documents, but with 301 posts archived there, it is pretty unwieldy now.

Past weekly roundups can be found in our category entitled ‘blogging.’

If you are a new reader, consider subscribing or follow us on twitter (@refugeewatcher) or facebook (RefugeeInfoResource).  ‘Like us’ on facebook!

And apologies to all who e-mail and comment, sorry if I don’t respond much, there are just not enough hours in my day!

It occurs to me that I do see everyone’s comments to posts because we do screen them (no foul language, no threats), so if you have something you want me to see, I don’t at all mind if you send the link as a comment to a post, even if it’s off-topic.

To regular readers, thank you for your continued concern for this very important issue.

P.S.  RRW is a charitable project by its writers.  We receive no funding for our good works!  If you see an advertisement on RRW, that is something wordpress places in order to at least make something on the fact that this website is free to us.

Posted in blogging, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: | Comments Off

RRW on leave until Monday, October 20th!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 16, 2014

Will be away with no computer until Monday and will see your comments then.

If you are arriving here for the first time, I feel sure you can find just about anything you would like to learn about among our 6,000 plus posts.  Use categories and tags, but the easiest way to find something is to type a couple of key words into our search window.

Happy reading!

Posted in blogging, Refugee Resettlement Program | 1 Comment »

RRW week in review for week ending October 10th

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 10, 2014

For new readers, we occasionally highlight at the end of the week the top posts for the week and the top countries from which readers arrive at RRW.  Previous reports like this one are archived in our blogging category.

For this week the top posts are:

1) Our fact sheet (always in the top three)

2)  Fiscal Year 2014 Wrap-up

3) Norway deports Somalis, but Somali government refuses to take them

For daily top posts see our right hand side bar.

Here are the top countries from which readers arrived at RRW this week (in descending order).  Of course, we exclude the US which is naturally always #1:

Canada

Australia

United Kingdom

Germany

Lebanon (new this week)

Ireland (new this week)

France

Norway

Netherlands

India

We have written 5,996 posts to date so the best way to find information here is to use the categories, tags or to use a couple of key words in our search window!

If you are a new reader, consider subscribing or follow us on twitter (@refugeewatcher) or facebook (RefugeeInfoResource).  ‘Like us’ on facebook!

And apologies to all who e-mail and comment, sorry if I don’t respond much, there are just not enough hours in my day!

It occurs to me that I do see everyone’s comments to posts because we do screen them (no foul language, no threats), so if you have something you want me to see, I don’t at all mind if you send the link as a comment to a post, even if it’s off-topic.

To regular readers, thank you for your continued concern for this very important issue.  And, sorry for the repetition sometimes, but there are new people joining us every day who know nothing about this complex program aimed at moving third-worlders to Western countries.

Posted in blogging, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: | 4 Comments »

 

"Like all unbelievers and polytheists, Christians are filthy. They are najusa (feces, urine) — a filthy impure dirty substance.” [Yasir Qadhi, faculty member, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN.]

The Counter Jihad Report

News ~ Resources ~ Activism

tn Council 4 political justice

The mission of the TCPJ is to educate by disseminating accurate and documented information that concerns the rights of and justice for all Tennesseans so that policy makers will be better equipped to make informed decisions on behalf of their constituents.

Potomac Tea Party Report

News and views about Tea Party issues in Maryland and surrounding states

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,852 other followers

%d bloggers like this: