Although lawfully present in the United States, asylum seekers are initally barred from both employment and governmental assistance - including assistance offered to resettled refugees. This leaves them especially vulnerable. In response, IAFR launched a Twin Cities based ministry seeking to help local churches and agencies better assist asylum-seekers. This is a long neglected need as it has received very little attention from the media and the church in the US.
Minnesota is a leading US state when it comes to the number of refugees being resettled into its communities. Its Somali, Liberian, Ethiopian, Eritrean and Hmong communities are among the largest in the USA.* In recent years the Twin Cities refugee population has become even more diverse as significant numbers of Bhutanese, Karen and Iraqi refugees are resettled here.
More Information: MN Department of Health