Refugee advocates gear up for legislative battles

By Kim Briggeman/Missoulian

“International refugee resettlement is at a crossroads in the United States and in Montana, at a time when the latter is just entering the movement.

President-elect Donald Trump said in the days before the November election that his administration won’t admit any refugees without the support of local communities in which they’re placed, and his cabinet nominees and chief advisors come from a decidedly different world than his predecessor’s did.” Read more.

Missoula refugees now number 46

By Kim Briggeman/Missoulian

Forty-six women, men and children from war-torn lands in Africa and Iraq found new homes in Missoula in the final five months of 2016.

Refugee resettlement by the International Rescue Committee and volunteers of Soft Landing Missoula has become a movement near and dear to the city’s heart, while many across the state and nation voice opposition that matched in passion that of those doing the resettling. Read more.

A soft landing in Montana

December 12, 2016 ~ By Amy Frykholm/The Christian Century
“When I arrived in Missoula, I felt very cold,” said Joel Makeci Ebuela, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Before coming to Montana in September, Ebuela had lived in a refugee camp in Tanzania since he was 11. Ebuela, his wife, Bikyeombe Abwe, and their five children are now settling into a new life in the United States. Read more.