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Refugee Reception and Placement

Migration and Refugee Services’ Reception and Placement program reunites refugees with their families and provides short-term case management to meet refugees’ basic needs. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) refers refugees to the program. Catholic Charities is one of five local agencies designated by the U.S. State Department to receive refugees.

Services:

  • Case management of newly arrived refugees coming through United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
  • Assistance with paperwork for family reunification of eligible refugees and asylees
  • Assistance with immigration forms and processes
  • Coordination of community support for providing basic household goods for newly arrived refugees
  • Basic immigration services to low-income individuals at minimal cost; staff are accredited by the federal Board of Immigration Appeals

2008 Program Outcomes:

  • Reception and Placement served 636 people in 2008
  • Within 90 days of arriving in the United States, 86 percent of families of three or more had
    acquired their own housing
  • Eight new arrivals resource and empowerment workshops helped 49 recent refugees

Responsibilities:
First priority to serve those arriving through USCCB

Contact:
Migration and Refugee Services

1276 University Avenue West
St. Paul, MN 55104
651-647-3100
651-641-1005 fax

Volunteer: 612-204-8435
Make a Gift: 612-204-8369

Additional Migration & Refugee Services: Hispanic Outreach, Immigration Services and Refugee Cash Assistance



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