Refugee agencies struggle with budget shortfalls

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“Illinois and nine other states received more than half of all incoming refugees to the United States in 2008, the last year for which data is available. Yet severe cuts in financing —Illinois will receive $2.5 million in 2010 for resettlement services, down from $7.5 million in 2000 — have strained the budgets of local resettlement agencies.”


This is coming at a time, as stated in the article, where the influx of refugees is spiraling upwards, due to conflicts such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other things. These agencies are increasingly coming to rely upon private donations to make ends meet, a problem with which they have not had to deal with before.


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