McClure Center Research
Refugees in Idaho: November 2016, Vol. 7, No. 6
- Refugees are a subset of immigrants. Throughout the refugee resettlement process, security is the number one priority. Refugees are subject to much more rigorous, lengthy security checks and screenings than tourists, workers with temporary work visas, and students seeking to study in the U.S.
- In the past five years, Idaho has resettled refugees from many countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Bhutan, Burma, and Congo. They bring a mixture of religions, languages, and cultures.
- Refugee programs and services are funded by federal dollars. In 2015, Idaho received approximately $10 million to support refugees through grants, cash assistance, and related programs. Idaho does not appropriate general fund dollars specifically to support refugees.
- While refugees may be eligible for federally funded public assistance programs administered by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, they make up only a tiny percentage of total covered clients.
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