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
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.