Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Could Resettle Almost 300 Syrian Refugees by End of September (Copy)

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Could Resettle Almost 300 Syrian Refugees by End of September (Copy)

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ST. LOUIS * The leader of a St. Louis-based refugee resettlement group says it could sponsor roughly 300 Syrian refugees in the city by the end of September.

The White House announced Monday the 10,000th Syrian refugee had been admitted into the United States, a goal set by President Barack Obama's administration to be met over the course of fiscal year 2016, which ends Sept. 30.

Millions of Syrians were displaced after the civil war that erupted across the region in 2011. Some fled to neighboring countries such as Jordan, while others embarked on often risky journeys to parts of Europe. A little more than 2,000 Syrian refugees were admitted into the U.S. between fiscal years 2010 and 2015, according to the State Department, with thousands more admitted this financial year.

A couple hundred Syrian refugees now call St. Louis home, according to the International Institute of St. Louis.

So far this fiscal year, the organization has sponsored 225 Syrian refugees, Anna Crosslin, president and CEO of the institute, said on Thursday. More than 30 Syrian refugees were relocated to Missouri last fiscal year, according to data from the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

A report issued by the institute in March said it has sponsored between 600 and 700 total refugees annually for the last few years, a number that could increase with more people expected to come from Syria.

Crosslin said that most of the Syrian refugees moving to the city have been placed in homes within a short distance from the institute in the Tower Grove East neighborhood and the English language center Nahed Chapman New American Preparatory Academy on South Grand Boulevard.

She said the institute works with a few dozen groups to help aid refugees arriving to St. Louis. Through volunteers and donations the organization helps people access housing, food, education and employment. …

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