Sep. 17, 2015

Home Away from Home

Hundreds of people gathered on the Idaho Statehouse steps Sept. 12 and posed for a photo behind a sign reading, "Refugees Welcome in Idaho." Volunteers wearing blue T-shirts worked the crowd, urging attendees to sign petitions, contribute to crowdfunding campaigns, take selfies and plug into social media to spread the word, summed up with a hashtag that doubled as the name of the event: #refugeeswelcome.

Sep. 14, 2015

Washington Post: Idaho Among Top 5 Most Welcoming States for Refugees

In response to the migrant crisis unfolding in Europe, President Obama announced Thursday that the United States will take in 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next year. This is a modest sum compared to the size of the current problem, which numbers in the millions. Germany alone expects to receive 800,000 refugee and asylum applications this year...

In recent years, the five most welcoming states (relative to their populations) are North and South Dakota, Idaho, Nebraska, and Vermont. Adding up the numbers from fiscal years 2013 and 2014, these states each received over 100 immigrants per 100,000 residents over the span of those two years.