Top 10 Volags for 2008

The US State Department has announced its top 10 volags (voluntary agencies) that will be responsible for resettling refugees in 2008.    There are no surprises, these 10 seem to have a monopoly on the refugee market.  In its fact sheet released yesterday the State Department also notes that these 10 contractors have 350 affiliated agencies (subcontractors) scattered around the country.

The agencies participating in the Refugee Admissions Reception and Placement Program in FY2008 are:

Church World Service

Episcopal Migration Ministries

Ethiopian Community Development Council

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

Iowa Bureau of Refugee Services

International Rescue Committee

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

 World Relief

If you go to Table C of the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s 2005 Annual Report to Congress here, you can begin your research on the Top 10.