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Refugee assistance

Governments are responsible for respecting and protecting the dignity and humanity of all people, regardless of race, nationality, religion, political opinions or membership in particular social groups. Refugees are people who have fled their home countries and cannot return because of a well-founded fear of persecution based on their identity or beliefs, and whose home governments are either unwilling or unable to protect them. Refugee programs in Minnesota reflect compassion and dignity for all by placing a priority on family reunification and resettlement support for refugees, more than 70 percent of whom are woman and children. The Minnesota Department of Human Services Resettlement Programs Office works with federal, state and local agencies to make sure that refugees achieve self-sufficiency as quickly as possible, so they can use their skills and energy so our state can thrive.

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