Processing country map is instructive: US Dept. of State working hard to clean out UN camps in Kenya

I find  it interesting to examine Wrapsnet’s ‘Processing Country’ maps when they are updated at the end of each month.  We don’t know exactly who is being processed through each country (these are not necessarily the countries of origin of the refugees being placed in your towns), however we can make educated guesses. Kenya for … Continue reading Processing country map is instructive: US Dept. of State working hard to clean out UN camps in Kenya

Trial opens in case of another Uzbek refugee charged with plotting terror in his home country

We remember when Jamshid Muhtorov was arrested attempting to leave the country in 2012 and I have wondered what the heck was going on that his case was not going to trial. Before reading on, you might want to revisit another notorious case of an Uzbek refugee sentenced to prison in Idaho who subsequently tried to … Continue reading Trial opens in case of another Uzbek refugee charged with plotting terror in his home country

US top refugee processing countries shifting with Trump Administration

I know this is getting in to the weeds, but I want readers to understand that for instance, the Somali refugees arriving in the US are picked up all over the world, and so if there is a ‘travel ban’ for say Somalia it doesn’t mean that no Somalis are coming. Most Somalis coming to … Continue reading US top refugee processing countries shifting with Trump Administration

State Department’s Refugee Processing Center screws up (on purpose?)

Update October 7th: Wrapsnet still screwed up! Sometimes I don’t have interesting news (like refugee crimes or contractor corruption stories), but just basic information on how you can do your own research and find the facts on how the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program works (yes, knowledge is power). Today I went to Wrapsnet to check … Continue reading State Department’s Refugee Processing Center screws up (on purpose?)

More on those refugee “processing countries” (who is coming in from where? why?)

….For those of you who are hardcore refugee research geeks! I’ve mentioned ‘processing countries’ from time to time over the years with a special animus for the program (initiated during the Bush Admin) to bring ‘refugees’ in to the US from Malta. These ‘refugees’ are primarily economic migrants (but what else?) who crossed the Mediterranean … Continue reading More on those refugee “processing countries” (who is coming in from where? why?)

The top ten hit parade: Muslim refugees by country of origin

Coming to you from the Refugee Processing Center Report!  (Muslim Refugees* Admitted to the US for 15 fiscal years up to September 30, 2003 and country of origin)  10)  Albania    1,233     9)  Iran  1,621   8)  Sudan 1,952   7)  Sierra Leone  2,510   6)  Ethiopia  5,639    5)  Afghanistan  11,667   4)  Serbia  14,560 … Continue reading The top ten hit parade: Muslim refugees by country of origin

Is this a good idea? Iraqi asylum seekers begin in-processing through Jordan

In light of the terrorist doctor crisis in the UK  (one of whom we understand is an Iraqi who sought asylum in Great Britain) is this a good time (is there ever a good time?) for the U.S. State Dept. to begin taking applications from Iraqi refugees in Jordan to resettle in the U.S.? The Refugee Resettlement … Continue reading Is this a good idea? Iraqi asylum seekers begin in-processing through Jordan

We are still taking ‘refugees’ from safe countries

Every so often I check out the Processing Country data at the Refugee Processing Center (Wrapsnet) maintained by the US State Department. More frequently I report to you about the nationalities entering the US, but processing country data is very different. From processing country data, we learn in which countries supposed ‘refugees’ are processed in … Continue reading We are still taking ‘refugees’ from safe countries

Australia’s rejected asylum seekers arriving as refugees in the US don’t show up in State Department’s data, or do they?

  Every few months I have a look at the “Processing Country Map” provided by Wrapsnet (The US State Department’s Refugee Processing Center). The new map is posted usually on the fifth of the month for the previous months of the present fiscal year (in this case FY18). The processing country is the location where … Continue reading Australia’s rejected asylum seekers arriving as refugees in the US don’t show up in State Department’s data, or do they?