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Archive for October 9th, 2014

Taxpayers fund savings accounts for refugees

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 9, 2014

How do refugees get money for cars, houses, education, businesses?

The program is known as Individual Development Accounts through the Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS).

Albert Mbanfu, Director of the International Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky. http://www.bgdailynews.com/new-international-center-director/image_02fb9de4-89e7-5d6d-97e8-6cf648b73901.html?mode=jqm

This is one of the many ways your local refugee resettlement contractor is able to hand out government (your) cash to refugees and surely get a little cash for themselves for administering the program.  (There are also micro-enterprise loan programs especially for refugees as well).

The local contractor gets a grant from ORR and then refugees may sign up for the savings plan.

For every dollar they save toward certain savings goals, they are matched with a dollar from the US Treasury.  Frankly the complete unfairness of the program to American low income people is often responsible for the hard feelings toward some refugees in certain areas.

We have heard disgruntled citizens ask, for example:  how are they getting cars?

We have reported on this program often but the story we mentioned from Kentucky (yesterday) contained a reference to the program that you may not have noticed, so I thought some clarification was needed.

Here is the section of the ‘Refugees get new homes’ Bowling Green article (hat tip: Robin) that I want you to see:

When Me Meh and her family escaped Burma for a refugee camp in Thailand, they lived in a bamboo house without electricity or other amenities.

The family of 10 resettled in Bowling Green in 2009, bringing with them only some clothes and important papers, Meh said. She was 17. Meh’s two older brothers and her father started work while she went to school and her mother took care of their home.

After a couple of years, the three had saved $4,000. She said the International Center gave them a grant that matched their savings, and they were able to put a downpayment on a house.

The reader is left with the impression that this very nice resettlement contractor—the International Center—was being generous, but this is taxpayer money that was only passed-through the contractor’s coffers!

Go here for a recent list of grantees for the multi-million dollar program.  And, for more information you might want to look at page 38-40 of the FY2012 Annual Report to Congress.   While you are visiting the Annual Report, check out all of the other grant programs that refugee contractors can apply for.  You will be amazed!

Addendum:  I was once told by an official involved with the refugee program in Washington that there is no financial audit done of these resettlement contractors.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, creating a movement, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, Where to find information | Tagged: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Somalis in Norway: demanding and reluctant to work

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 9, 2014

We just told you about Denmark a few minutes ago, now here is more news from Scandinavia….

From The Foreigner:

A growing number of Somali immigrants are feeling humiliated by The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV), a new report shows.

Independent research foundation Fafo’s study (in Norwegian) NAV’s treatment of this group has a negative effect on their trust in institutions and experience of inclusive Norwegian citizenship.

NAV employees have explained that the major problem of getting Somalis into the job market is their lack of education and language skills.

According to some NAV workers, Somali immigrants are particularly demanding and reluctant compared to other groups.

“Many Somalis are lacking very basic training in the form of language, for example. Therefore, they feel that NAVs more work-oriented initiatives are worthless,” Fafo researcher John Horgen Friberg told NRK.

Holy cow!  Norway has taken in 33,000 Somalis!

State collapse and civil war has led to that many Somalis lack basic education. It has also worked to diminish their trust in governmental institutions.

This collapse of the Somali state in 1991 led an influx of Somali immigrants to Norway. Some 33,000 emigrated to the Scandinavian country between 1990 to 2013.

Of course it is all the fault of the government agency!  You might want to revisit a post we wrote in December 2013 about a report George Soros Open Society produced on Somalis not adjusting in Norway (all the government’s fault too).

See our whole ‘invasion of Europe’ series by clicking here.

Posted in Africa, Asylum seekers, Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Europe, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Stealth Jihad | Tagged: , | 4 Comments »

Denmark limits family reunification for asylum seekers; fears domino effect in Scandinavia

Posted by Ann Corcoran on October 9, 2014

As invasion of Europe continues, some countries get it (but is it already too late?)

Update October 11:  See Does Dhimmitude in Denmark Describe Our Destiny?

Remember readers that in certain European countries, Syrian (and presumably others recognized for asylum status) are sometimes limited in how long they stay.  It is expected that when the conflict ends they will go home!

In the US, successful asylum seekers stay for life as do refugees resettled at the UN’s request.  We do have a Temporary Protected Status program for certain people who are supposed to only stay until their country is stable, but as you know they never leave (and are just waiting for the Obama amnesty to make them completely legal).

Denmark has additional problems as a number of their Muslim youths are fighting with ISIS. http://www.biennews.com/denmark-has-more-fighters-in-syria-than-the-u-s/

Here is some news from Denmark.  I was especially interested in an earlier story about how Denmark fears the huge migrant influx that could come from Sweden in the not-so-distant future!

From The Local:

Hoping to stem the tide of refugees from Syria, the government will now only allow for family reunifications if refugees’ initial one-year resident permit is renewed.

As a follow-up to its decision to introduce a new temporary residence permit for asylum seekers, the Justice Ministry said on Tuesday that refugees fleeing civil wars like the one in Syria will only be able to bring their family members into the country if their original one-year resident permit is extended under the new rules. As a follow-up to its decision to introduce a new temporary residence permit for asylum seekers, the Justice Ministry said on Tuesday that refugees fleeing civil wars like the one in Syria will only be able to bring their family members into the country if their original one-year resident permit is extended under the new rules.

“There are major consequences and costs associated with moving an entire family to Denmark. Therefore, that should only happen if there is the prospect of remaining in Denmark for a certain duration. But if the conflict [in a refugee’s home country, ed.] drags on and the stay is extended, then it is reasonable to bring one’s spouse and children to Denmark,” the justice minister, Karen Hækkerup, said in a press release.

Hækkerup announced the new one-year residence permits in September as a way for Denmark to deal with the record influx of asylum seekers.

Denmark worried about what deal with Sweden could do to Denmark!

From The Local in mid-September:

As Sweden prepares to go to the polls on Sunday, that country’s immigration and asylum policies are creating debate in Denmark.

With Sweden taking in a record number of asylum seekers – 340,000 are expected over the next four years – Danish politicians are warning of the negative impact the influx could have on Denmark.

“The many Syrians who are coming to Sweden as refugees will become Swedish citizens in a matter of a few years. And with the agreements we have among the Nordic nations, there is nothing to stop them from then immediately moving to Denmark – without a Danish residence permit – and receiving welfare benefits from day one. It is a big danger,” Søren Espersen of the Danish People’s Party told Berlingske.

Espersen called on the Danish government to express “Danish concerns about the completely excessive immigration underway in Sweden” to their Swedish colleagues.

These deals, especially the EU deals that strip countries of their sovereignty, are going to be the death of them all.

See our whole ‘invasion of Europe’ series by clicking here.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Community destabilization, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Europe, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Who is going where | Tagged: , , | 7 Comments »

 
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