As refugee numbers drop, resettlement contractors shrink and change focus

According to the LA Times, as paying refugee clients decline, refugee NGOs are now focusing on helping immigrants of all stripes on a longer term basis, presumably by raising private money!  Could this be a reawakening of real Christian charity?

I’m really sick of these stories.  I see them all over the country (this is the PR run-up to the President’s decision on how many refugees the US will take in FY19, a decision expected to be made public in September).

However, this story did have a few bits of information that are useful and make it worth posting.

Arrivals of refugees have hit historic lows. To stay afloat, resettlement agencies re-brand

The door to the nonprofit World Relief, tucked between a dance studio and a tutoring company on the second floor of a Garden Grove strip mall, still says “refugee resettlement services.”

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In 2015, we obtained a World Relief internal letter instructing staff to not read Ann Corcoran’s blog!   https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/former-refugee-contractor-ceo-america-needs-refugees-to-teach-us-how-to-love-one-another/

But it’s been nearly a year since a new refugee has walked through it. 

The number of refugees admitted to the U.S. since President Trump took office has dropped to its lowest level in decades. As a result, the office and dozens of other refugee resettlement operations across the country have been forced to close, shift their resources or re-brand.

One of the advances I’ve seen over the last decade is that the media now reports that the contractors*** are paid by the US taxpayers on a per refugee basis.

Nine nonprofits across the country are federally approved to resettle refugees and receive government funding for each case they handle. Until last year, each of them had an office in Southern California.

But World Relief and four others have shut down in the region, suspended operations, laid off staff or reduced their hours.

[….]

The office closed its refugee operation last July and shifted its resources to helping immigrants, which had long been a sideline of its operation.

[….]

The declines [in refugee admissions] left many agencies depleted of federal funding and struggling to survive.

Even in places where new refugees are still arriving, changes are afoot. The International Rescue Committee office in Glendale, which once resettled more than a thousand refugees each year, has received only about 100 people this year.

“The need just isn’t there in the same way anymore,” said Martin Zogg, the group’s executive director. “So we have to give people other jobs to do.”

More here.

I would like to think that the nine resettlement contractors listed below have seen the light and are raising private money and not depending on the money trees growing in Washington, DC for their charitable ‘good works,’ but my cynical side says they are just trying to stay in business until Trump is no longer President and the refugee spigot opens again.

Sorry if you are sick of me saying it, but there will be no long term change to our refugee policy and program as long as there are no changes in the law during the Trump years.

***I post these as often as I can because new readers need to know that these quasi-government groups (funded with taxpayer dollars) are also politically pushing for more immigration of all sorts in Washington—they are not simply refugee advocates.

The number in parenthesis is the percentage of their income paid by you (the taxpayer) to place the refugees and get them signed up for their services (aka welfare)!  From most recent accounting, here.

6 thoughts on “As refugee numbers drop, resettlement contractors shrink and change focus

  1. So I guess that “compassion” doesn’t matter once the government funds get cut off. It seems that these organizations, many run by churches, wouldn’t think of continuing services using THEIR OWN MONEY or trying to raise money.

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  2. Ms. Corcoran, I wish to thank you for all the time & effort you put into warning America about the “Invasion of the Uteri”, as I call the illegal alien & refugee invasion. You are the “lone voice crying out in the desert” and I share your information whenever I can. Please, keep up your health, your spirit and your belief that we will win this fight. I & many others are with you.

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    1. Thanks! I do get weary especially after 11 years of writing this blog! I am taking a vacation beginning Friday to visit a couple of my sons. So don’t think I have quit when you see a break in my posting coming soon.

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  3. You can never be sure, but I think this woman who lives in Maryland and has been informing the public and electeds on the abuses of the Volags may have had something to do with this. . . Just saying. Congratulations Ann!

    Best regards,

    Kevin Lynn

    Executive Director
    Progressives for Immigration reform

    1701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
    Suite 300
    Washington, DC 20006

    (O) 202.543.5325
    (F) 202.595.0258

    (c) 626.825.1331

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