Who are refugees?
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees defines a refugee as a person who has fled his/her homeland and is unable to return due to a well-founded fear of persecution. Since 1970 the world refugee population has increased over 500% and now numbers at over 22,000,000 worldwide. Nearly 75% of the world’s refugees are women and children. Only about 2% will be resettled in a new country and given the opportunity to rebuild their lives.
MRS provides services for resettling refugees; assesses clients’ needs, provides on-going social services, job placement, housing, case management, English as a Second Language classes, cultural orientation, employment, community resources.
KOR regulates and oversees the dispersal of federal funds to Kentucky’s four refugee resettlement programs.