Refugees are people who fled their country of origin and cannot return because of a well-founded fear of persecution. Millions of refugees are in camps today under the protection of the United Nations. When there are no other options, the U.S. and several other Western nations provide refugees an opportunity for permanent resettlement. Most refugees who have resettled over the last decade have been from Africa, East Asia, and Near East and South Asia.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services' refugee resettlement program coordinates services to help refugees transition to life in the United States. Services include:
- Resettlement and placement
- Economic supports such as cash, food and health care
- Employment and social services.
For refugee services, contact one of the voluntary resettlement agencies, known as VOLAGS.