Refugee Forum scheduled for Hagerstown, MD

    This will be of particular interest to our readers from the Washington Co. area.   Since there has been controversy over the resettlement of refugees here, a public meeting has been scheduled for citizens to get more information about how this program works, and for those administering the program, to hear what citizens’ concerns are.

     The date has been set for September 19, 2007 at 4 p.m. and will be in Hagerstown.  The exact location has yet to be determined.   As we know more we will report to you here at Refugee Resettlement Watch.

      We understand that the US State Dept. will be sending at least one representative to help explain the program administered by the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.

     This is an important step and one that should be taken everywhere that refugees are being resettled.   People in communities need to know (and have a right to know) how the federal government in conjunction with non-profit groups will change their cities and towns.

     For readers around the country, you should ask for such a public meeting in your community.