Missoula welcomed its first family from Iraq in late 2016. There were almost 10,000 Iraqi refugees admitted to the United States in fiscal 2016.
The citizens of Iraq are commonly highly educated as higher education is free. Unfortunately, the degrees and certifications earned in Iraq do not transfer to the United States, and as is common for all refugees, many Iraqis are unable to work like they did in their home country.
Check out the Cultural Orientation Resource Center website to learn more about Iraqi refugees and their resettlement in the United States.
Cultural Orientation Resource Center: Refugees from Iraq
COR Center Enhanced Refugee Backgrounder No. 1
Costs of War: Iraqi Refugees
Embassy of the Republic of Iraq
U.S. admits record number of Muslim refugees in 2016