Refugees are individuals who have fled their countries of origin and who meet the United Nations’ criteria of having a “well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.”
Here’s how the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which has a cooperative agreement with the federal government to resettle refugees, explains the admission process:
Each year the President of the United States authorizes the admission of a certain number of refugees into the country. This determination is based on a consultative process between Congress, the President and various federal agencies. In recent years, the US has accepted between 50,000 to 75,000 refugees per year. Before admission to the US, each refugee undergoes an extensive interviewing, screening and security clearance process.
Refugees, having suffered great loss, including loss of their homes, livelihoods, possessions and oftentimes families, need assistance starting over in a new country.
As a representative of USCCB, Catholic Charities of Louisville has resettled over 30,000 refugees from 30 countries. Our MRS department has recently resettled refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Ivory Coast, Central African Republic, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Eritrea, Bhutan, Myanmar, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Cuba and Haiti.
Visit Kentucky Office for Refugees for more information about refugees in Kentucky.